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Building the HelpMe application

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Building the HelpMe application to help lab sessions run smoothly

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The HelpMe app is an application designed to help instructional staff and students who are working in a lab situation. HelpMe facilitates students asking questions of the instructional staff and each other to help lab sessions go more smoothly. The app is made up of 3 components: a database and web API that manages the data in the system, and mobile and web applications that can be used by students and staff to interact with the system. The database and web API component of the system is written in a back-end web framework (Ruby on Rais) and is primarily complete. The mobile app is being developed in a JavaScript framework called React Native and has significant functionality completed. However, the mobile app code needs to be documented and restructured to be more efficient. The web interface has been developed using a web application framework called Angular and is in a prototype stage. The goal for our work this summer will be to completely build, test, and deploy each of the systemís components so that it can be used in courses at Hope College beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. The plan will be to use it during lab sessions of CSCI 245 in the fall, and in CSCI 150 in the spring. Itís also likely that it will be used by Dr. Krupczak for his GEMS course, Science and Technology of Everyday Life. You should have completed CSCI 235 by the end of Spring 2019 in order to be considered for this project. However, you do not need to have experience with the many technologies involved in the project. You must have demonstrated a willingness to work hard and an openness to taking on new things with enthusiasm. Some background in HTML and / or CSS will be helpful, but not required. Finally, you must be willing to commit to spending some time during the fall semester to ensure the successful deployment and use of the system.

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