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MIT App Inventor

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MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone — even children — to build fully functional apps for Android smartphones and tablets. It is a blocks-based programming tool that allows anyone to start programming. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple app up and running in less than 30 minutes. This tool is best used by students in high school and older. 

COST: Free.


  • Introduces computer programming concepts while building an app. 
  • Video tutorials for beginners.
  • Students can challenge themselves with already-created tutorials or try new projects to work on from scratch (with no tutorial).
  • Apps created by students are showcased on the website.
  • Lesson plans for teachers are provided that integrate use of the app. 
  • Community forum to answer questions and help users troubleshoot.


  • The process for building an app may be confusing for some. 
  • Users need to have an Android device to test their creation. 
  • Users must sign in with a Google account.

Why it’s helpful for families living internationally

Students from around the world have used MIT App Inventor to create amazing mobile apps. The web app’s accessibility online, at no cost, makes it a great tool for students interested in exploring computer science concepts, no matter where they live.


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