POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KFVS) - Computer science students from the Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center are exploring the process of potentially launching a 911 app.
“I don’t think any of us thought this would happen," said Quinn Johnson, a high school student.
In class, they were assigned to create an idea that helps the community or school. First, they came up with an idea.
“It was to be able to text 911 if in case if somebody had broken into your house and you’re hiding and you couldn’t make any noise, so it would send a text alert to them so they would know. And you wouldn’t have to worry about being caught by whoever broke into your house," said Johnson.
Their app sends emails and photos to first responders in emergency situations. Also, its features include a call button, speech to text, and emergency contacts who are notified when someone uses the app.
“You give them an idea and they run with it. They have exceeded all of my expectations," said Michael Barrett, a teacher at Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center.
Their end goal is for the app to fully function on iPhones and Androids.
“At least being used all through Poplar Bluff. I mean if we get it in a wider range than that, that’d be great," said Jeremy Bell, a high school student.
While it’s just in the beginning stages, the students say they’ve connected with first responders to discuss the app’s potential.
Butler County Emergency Management Director Robbie Myers visited the class to preview the app.
“I’m excited about what to download from you in the future,” Myers stated.
Myers said he is working to arrange a presentation in front of National 911 Program representatives. The representatives will be in Jefferson City in February.
“I might joke with them and say you did it for an A but they did it cause they’re great students. They did it cause they’ve got some integrity about them," said Barrett.
As they aspire for careers in computer science, they’re learning and realizing their possible impact.
“Just thinking that I’m part of the team that’s helping to shape the future, even in just a little way in our small community over just a little app that we thought of in five minutes. But it’s just kept rolling and rolling and its never stopped," said Maria Powell, a high school student.
Kristen Laird is also a student on the app’s team and said they will be competing in the Skills USA state competition this year.