Travis High School student trio credited for design
By Elsa Maxey
Travis High School is the only Fort Bend ISD school to have a registered Apple App allowing users access for homework assignments, campus news, sports information, fine arts, faculty and clubs and organizations from an Apple iPhone or iTouch. Pretty cool! That’s the sentiment of many of the high students at Travis using it and they have three students to thank.
The high school’s ninth grade students Nathan Constance, William O’Rosky, and Cordero Silva created the free App, iTigers that is currently in use. It is specifically for those enrolled at Travis for their school related information with the use of this newly created software program.
Jacquie McMahon, Instruction Technology Specialist at the high school, said her reaction to the outcome of the 15 year olds was “so, are you guys geeks?” Geeks, of course, usually refers to computer experts or enthusiasts, and in this case this self-taught student trio told McMahon they were not technically oriented and learned from books.
She said the idea for creating an App was originated while the students were in the 8th grade. Once at Travis High School, the three took it to the next level, which McMahon said included the purchase of software by one of the student’s dads. Last fall she was approached with the idea about downloading homework assignments from personal computers and iTigers was created. McMahon offered her support during the development process for something that would benefit the high school students.
“That’s what we need,” is what O’Rosky said he was told by classmates about the App. He served as a spokesperson for the three while school was in session this week and he told the “Star” about the origination of the idea. “We had a dream of making an App and then started brainstorming.”
O’Rosky says his best friend tells him he uses the App daily to check his homework. “You all are geniuses, you did a great job, and we love it,” are among the kudos the three student creators appreciate hearing on campus because the long hours of work that made it all worthwhile.
“We were thinking of expanding it to other campuses with the same ideas,” said O’Rosky. They are inspired, all right. In fact, the three have named a company 359 Apps “because FM 359 runs through our neighborhoods,” he said. All three students live in Pecan Grove, and it would not be surprising if we heard about them again given their creativity.
McMahon said she was pleased to hear that one of their moms told them they had to follow protocol to see what district would say. This took an extended process, she notes, and it also involved persistence and perseverance considering the students’ active involvement in athletics and theatre.
Just the other day, Travis High School hosted an official roll-out of the App at the school’s library. Noteworthy for the high school is that right now it remains the only one in the school district to have a registered Apple App, but if Nathan Constance, William O’Rosky, and Cordero Silva continue to have a hand in replicating what they have created, this could turn out to be a district-wide accomplishment.