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Junior Jaila Walker Celebrated for Development of Build Your Own Hero App

Congratulations to IDEA junior Jaila Walker, who was one of four District-wide finalists featured in the DC Can Code Showcase on August 17. Jaila developed her app, called Build Your Own Hero, during her six-week computer science summer internship at IDEA, under the direction of TAG Lab instructors and design professionals Jocelyn Short and Justin Park. 

“I was watching a lot of Marvel movies and I kept thinking about different characters I would have liked to see to advance the plot,” Jaila explained. “So that’s why I built this app.” Jaila wants users to be able to develop superhero characters that reflect themselves. 

Watch this video to hear Jaila describe the app and how it works. 

Over the summer, 250 students at public and public charter schools in the District participated in DC Can Code. “CTE programs such as DC Can Code are aligned with high-skill, high-wage and in-demand careers, providing an invaluable experience to our students,” said DC State Superintendent of Education Christina Grant. “As the tech industry continues to grow, especially now, our students are gaining knowledge about coding using one of the world’s most popular programming languages and getting a chance to collaborate with like-minded peers while making connections in higher education and the tech industry.”

Congratulations on your excellent achievement, Jaila!

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