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Hands-on event next Wednesday to promote app development

— The public is invited next week for hands-on drone and robot programming, while learning about the Inspire Idaho program and how to receive high tech work-skill training at little to no cost.

Open to all ages, this free event will be Wednesday, March 28, at the Soltman Center (across from Syringa Hospital) in Grangeville at two times: 3 and 5 p.m.

This stop is part of a five-day, 20-city tour conducted by the University of Idaho and Innovation Collective. The Inspire Idaho team will demonstrate app development, programming, and motivate participants to join the rapidly growing, “app economy.” Team members also include experts from around the country trained in app development in Apple Inc’s Swift programming language.

Each stop on the initial 20- city tour will include hands-on demos of Apple Inc’s Swift, Xcode and Playground products, as well as the ability for participants to use the Apple iPad to program Sphero Robots and other interactive activities.

The Inspire Idaho program will launch the full app development program later this spring. The intention is to leverage the statewide reach of U of I Extension to promote the creation of App Development Teams in every one of Idaho’s 44 counties. Experts and mentors in the community will also provide guidance and support. Upon completion of the 180-hour curriculum, each team will generate a fully developed app.

According to the program, the application development field is the first skill being trained in as it currently generates $1.3 trillion in revenue and is expected to grow to $6.3 trillion by 2021.

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