CaSE seniors create new web apps


Brandon Keeling

Ryan Mesrmann, Jeremy Morris, Andrew Fales, Mitchell Liermann, Nathaniel Helgeson, Kyle Robbinson, seniors, working on their senior project for CaSE.

Mitchell Liermann, Reporter

The Computer and Software Engineering (CaSE) senior class is nearing completion of their 2015-2016 senior project.

Two classes are working on separate projects. Fourth hour, consisting of Andrew Fales, Nathan Helgeson, Mitchell Liermann, Ryan Mersmann, Jeremy Morris and Kyle Robinson, is designing a web application to display all of the school’s yearbook covers, and fifth hour, consisting of Justin Maxwell, Jeremiah Miller and Sam Wertenberger, is creating an app to allow students to register with their counselors.

The teams began working on their projects back in September, when that started learning the appropriate coding languages to build the app, such as HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The teams have also been dabbling in other languages like JavaScript and PHP to add functionality.

Since December, the teams have begun building their web apps with occasional assistance from the Olathe Technology Support Center. The yearbook app consists of a single page that displays the front of each yearbook cover. Currently, they have up to the 1998 cover. The counselor app displays a large “Start” button that then links to a login page.

The yearbook app team is currently attempting to add functionality to the app, such as working with a touchscreen. The team plans for the app to be displayed in the commons as a replacement for the framed covers in the 800 hall. Later, the team hopes that they can add additional features to the app, such as displaying trophies or theater posters in addition to yearbooks.

“It can be expanded to include plaques and theater posters,” Tim Shipley, CaSE supervisor, said. “Anything that is in a display case can be easily digitized.”

The counselor app team is working on creating a database that will allow students to check in to see their counselors, rather than the current method of using a clipboard. The counselors will then be able to see students registered in their queues and sign them out after they have met with a student. If a counselor is unavailable, other counselors will be able to handle that counselor’s queue.

“Basically, think the self-checkout lane at Wal-Mart,” Shipley said. “Right now you have to use a clipboard, so you can see everyone else who has signed up to see their counselors.”

The teams will be completing their apps by late April, when they will present them during the CaSE Senior symposium.