Princeton graduate creates app for Chicago Public School students
A 2013 Princeton University grad student has created a new mobile app that is sure to inspire students to want to achieve higher grades.
Trevor Wilkins, who also attended Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, created Küdzoo, an app that brings businesses and schools together with the goal of motivating students to excel.
Wilkins attended Whitney Young High School, the same school that First Lady Michelle Obama attended. He and his co-founder Logan Cohen created the innovative app this past January. When students open Küdzoo, they are instructed to snap a photo of their report cards. In return for good grades, attendance and answering daily SAT and trivia questions, they receive rewards. One of the perks of the redeemable “Küdzoo Cash” is that it allows them to get deals and discounts from local businesses. The app also offers students rare opportunities to do things like have a meet-and-greet with their favorite athlete, spend a day with a local TV reporter, receive a lesson in how to be a radio personality from a local crew member, and more.
Wilkins credits his personal experiences as inspiration for creating the app. As a child, his parents rewarded him with incentives for doing well in school.
“After awhile [getting good grades] was about more than just money, so in high school I wanted to perform and do well because I was used to doing so,” Wilkins told the Defender.
Wilkins is targeting schools affiliated with CPS’ new pilot program. It adds a comprehensive computer science curriculum to 46 schools. The initiative, announced in December, is meant to expand access to a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Kudos to Mr. Wilkins for creating such a motivating app for students!
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