The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at Taylor University is different than other departments. The projects that students work on are not just for a grade. They actually help people around the world.
The CSE Department works with several Christian agencies including the Navigators. The Navigators has a topical Bible memorization tool that helps people memorize Scripture. It has been around for 30 years and has recently been upgraded to an iPhone app. This app had a number of possibilities for improvement.
The Navigators agreed to work with Taylor CS (Computer Science) students to rework their app. This is how Eliezer, a junior CS major, first connected with the Navigators. When Eliezer started working on the app he saw two major problems:
- 1. The verses were not organized in the topics. They were all clumped together in one long list
- 2. There was no way that the app could know that you memorized the verse.
Eliezer fixed both of these issues. He solved the first by organizing the verses into topics. The second problem was a little more difficult to solve. He created a way to drag the words from the bottom of the screen to their place in the verse. Once you can place all the words in the right spot, the app “knows” that the user has memorized it correctly.
Eliezer is most excited about another feature he programmed into the app: a way to allow the adding new languages easily. This functionality will expand the reach of the app, allowing more people to experience the Word of God.
Written by Rebecca Sexton & Ben Westrate