By Ian Adler
With 400,000 square feet, three floors, two gymnasiums, and an external tech-wing, it can be hard to get lost in the vastness of Red Lion Senior High. However, freshmen Chance Riddle has created an application to help solve that problem.
The app, called “School Scout”, is currently only accessible as a website, but the application will be available sometime before the start of the 2016-2017 school year. It holds maps of all three floors of the senior high, the various bell schedules, and even the monthly lunch menu.
“One of my biggest concerns about coming into the high school was the size,” freshmen and app developer Chance Riddle said. “I just thought it would be convenient to have something that you could see right at your fingertips.”
After forming and spreading his idea, Chance’s junior high seminar teacher Mrs. Shay referred him to Mrs. Samantha Smith, the K-12 district Technology Integration Coach, for guidance in constructing the application.
“He really thought it would be helpful, with being an incoming freshmen, to create something that would help assist freshmen when they come to the high school,” Smith said. “So he wanted to know how he could make that happen and make it a reality.”
“Of course, he wanted to make an app, which was awesome, but the reality was that I did not know how to do that,” Smith said. “So, we started creating a mobile website, which was the easiest way for us to get to his end result and ultimate goal quickly.”
Through some research into coding and design, the site was up and running by the start of the 2015-2016 school year after various tests and clearances by Red Lion-affiliated channels.
“He has access to all of the knowledge at his fingertips,” Smith said. “Plus, we do have some great resources here at Red Lion that are going to help him with coding and things of that nature.”
The next step in finalizing the application will be actually making it available as a downloadable app on the iTunes store.
However, Apple product users can easily create a shortcut button on their home screen to take them directly to the site. The website is currently available at https://sites.google.com/a/rlschools.net/test1/ as of November 24.