High School Student Develops Meal Order App
Aarav Navani is just a high school junior, but he might already be ready for a job in Silicon Valley.
Aarav, who attends Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, California, was recently recognized by the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) Board of Trustees for developing a meal order app for the district’s 23,000 students.
As a freshman, Aarav noticed that students were waiting too long for lunch and wanted to find a way to speed up the process. After receiving district approval, he worked throughout the 2020 pandemic year with the district’s IT department and Julie Kasberger, director of Child Nutrition Services, to develop the meal order app.
He developed an app that not only allows students to customize their meals and pay online, but also allows cafeteria workers to prepare the meals in advance and decrease the long lunch lines significantly. Benefits to the school district include reducing food loss, increasing productivity, and better tracking of popular meals and the number of lunches served each day.
Aarav and the district’s IT department used a relational database application, scripting languages, and RESTful API’s to design and develop the cloudbased application, which works on multiple phone platforms. He also worked with a UI designer to make the app appealing to students.
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