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PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County student Sara Duckworth was one of five students whose ideas for a new technology “app” were selected for further development as part of the PAEYC (Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children) Un-conference “Hackathon App” competition. Designed for those in the early childhood education field, the competition encouraged individuals to submit ideas for apps focused on assisting teachers in the classroom. Duckworth’s idea for her “Sub-helper” app would assist substitute teachers in their classroom preparation, including providing them with everything they might need (class roster, class management and procedures, etc.). In addition, her app would allow substitutes to communicate with the regular teacher regarding both the day’s activities and the children’s progress.
Duckworth became aware of the competition when CCAC alumnus and PAEYC intern Steve Carter was invited to speak at one of her classes. As part of her reward for being selected, Duckworth had the opportunity to develop her idea into an app with the assistance of technology students from Carnegie Mellon University. She then presented her app to the PAEYC Un-conference on November 16 where it was enthusiastically received. As she will own the rights to the app, Duckworth has the opportunity to market it to corporations and other interested parties.
A resident of Monroeville, Duckworth is in her third year at CCAC majoring in Early Childhood Development. She plans to transfer to Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
About the Community College of Allegheny County
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers noncredit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.