HSA Columbus HS Create Mobile Apps to Address Community Needs

Earlier this November, a group of high school students from Horizon Science Academy Columbus participated in the TECH CORPS Hackathon. The 12-hour event brought together over 150 high school students from various parts of Ohio, concluding with the students presenting their app creations.


During the Hackathon, students from HSA gained hands-on experience with SwiftUI mobile app development. They received guidance from seasoned technology professionals, learning to address a real-world problem.



Four regional teammates earned a prize of $200 each and will receive recognition at the Ohio Statehouse in December as part of Computer Science Education Week.


The four students shared their thoughts on the apps they created. 


“The ICON app helps to facilitate the transition for high school students pursuing college education and help them organize and manage their time,” Omar Abdulkadir, 9th grade.


By leveraging the app's features, students can navigate the complex landscape of academic responsibilities, extracurricular activities, and personal commitments, fostering a smoother journey toward their higher education goals. The ICON app not only acts as an organizational tool but also as a supportive companion during a crucial phase in a young individual's life, aiding them in making informed decisions and optimizing their academic and personal development.


“MentAlly, provides today's teenagers and young adults with a safe space to learn more about various mental health conditions from the comfort of their own homes. As the world rapidly changes and new factors start to affect an individual's mental health. MentAlly is of great importance to our community,” Amelia Allison, 10th grade.


In an era marked by rapid societal changes and evolving stressors, MentAlly stands as a crucial resource in safeguarding the mental well-being of our community. By fostering awareness and understanding of mental health issues, MentAlly empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of their emotional and psychological well-being, contributing to a healthier and more resilient society.


”The Sign Language Interpreter app is based on sign language so people can learn how to talk to their deaf friends and family. This app can help you learn sign language for future reference,” Badriya Ahmed, 12th grade.


Beyond its immediate utility in facilitating communication, the Sign Language Interpreter app holds long-term significance by equipping users with a skill that fosters inclusivity and understanding. The app becomes a gateway to a more connected and empathetic community whether for personal relationships or broader societal interactions.


“The Warchive app is a centralized database utilizing all available news, academia, and social media resources. Giving information for your interpretation.” Sadia Mohamud, 12th grade


This app empowers individuals to access a wide spectrum of information, encouraging critical thinking and informed decision-making. In a world where information is constantly evolving, the Warchive app emerges as a dynamic tool for enhancing one's interpretative skills and staying abreast of the ever-changing global landscape.