Lake Ridge Academy Students Building Mobile APP in Programming Club

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Lake Ridge Academy Math teacher Wade Zwingler has inspired students to create a mathematics app.

Lake Ridge Academy Math teacher Wade Zwingler has inspired students to create a mathematics app. Nationally recognized by President Bush, Mr. Zwingler received the President’s Award for excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and is currently applying his skills to guide students in creating a mathematics app for Android and other online uses.

The idea developed during December of 2011 when Mr. Zwingler overheard his nieces and nephews playing monopoly in an adjoining room. “I thought I would walk in and see them all playing around the kitchen table, but instead I walked in and saw them all playing on their iPads,” he says. This observation gave Mr. Zwingler the idea to create a math game that would be both fun and educational for the young, technology driven, generation.

Not knowing much about programming, Mr. Zwingler contacted a friend, Dr. Ben Blake, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Cleveland State University, to help him and a few Lake Ridge Academy students create the math app vision.

Dr. Blake offered to help them free of charge on one condition, that Lake Ridge Academy start a Programing Club. Lake Ridge Academy Upper School students, along with Alumnus Kim Hamper, Math teacher Margot Calcut, Dr. Blake and Mr. Zwingler work on the Math app weekly through the newly formed Programing Club. They hope to create the math app soon and through the process learn more about programing.

About Lake Ridge Academy:
Lake Ridge Academy is an independent, nonsectarian day school offering co-educational classes from kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1963, Lake Ridge Academy is committed to providing small class sizes and maintains an 8:1 student ratio. Located on a beautiful 88 acre campus, we are the only independent college preparatory school on Cleveland's west side. Our mission is to send into a changing world confident young people of integrity who think critically and creatively while embracing the joy of lifelong learning.

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