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Elkhardt-Thompson Students Recognized for App Development by Capital One

Middle school students at Elkhardt-Thompson and Henderson recently completed the Capital One Coders program, a TechConnect initiative offered through the RPS Education Foundation and NextUp RVA.

Capital One Coders is a program that engages middle school students with technology by partnering with schools and community leaders to foster a focus in software engineering. Capital One associates work alongside students to teach them coding and to help them create their own apps.

As part of the culminating event, students from around the region showcased their apps and attendees placed their votes for the best one.

Imani Daniels and Nikki Jones, of Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School, were awarded the “Best Overall App” for their design that allows users to build and create their own unicorns.

"Seeing the students’ excitement in designing and building their own app is what the Coders program is all about,” said Paul Busick, VP, Card Technology and site sponsor for Capital One Coders in Richmond. “Watching these students from Henderson and Elkhardt-Thompson showcase what they have built, the fun they had, and the skills they learn gives technology an even brighter future. These young creative minds are the future of technology and we are thrilled to watch what they do next."

In addition to teaching the students coding skills, Capital One gave Chromebooks and tablets to every student who completed the program, along with a $10,000 donation to each participating school to support ongoing STEM curriculum for the students.

For additional information on Capital One Coders, visit