The "Tag It!" app, developed by four high school girls who call themselves the "EPA Chica Squad," is designed to promote civic action. These students from California were unhappy with the graffiti and trash they saw in their community and decided to create an app to help clean up and beautify their local environment. They learned and used App Inventor and created an android-based app that not only allows local citizens to identify areas for community improvement but, more importantly, to create events and recruit volunteers to make those improvements happen. This is an exciting civic app example, and there surely are many more possibilities to create apps for the common good!
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@01:31 Wang: Everyone can code is one of the most empowering learning experiences and takeaways for these girls!
@01:48 johnlee: This is a such a great project that use technologies for civic purposes. Plus, it comes from an authentic need and problem in these girls' community!