Currency Conversion Calculator

Recently, we have been learning about financial literacy in math class. Being financially literate is knowing how to properly manage money. Towards the end of the unit, we started focussing on currency conversions, and the most common currencies used across the globe. As a final project, to end our important unit, we created a currency conversion calculator as a class. This post will discuss mainly, the challenges I had along the way, the process (and whether I enjoyed it or not),   and the importance of learning how to code in this day and age.

The process of coding our app seems simple because all we had to do was follow clear instructions, but mistakes are what makes us human, and we had to get around them. A mistake in coding could be as small as a spelling mistake, but looking for it, is like finding a needle in a haystack, and one mistake could cause you to lose all your hard work!!! This would be really annoying if Mrs. Cleveland wouldn’t have given us the link to hers, allowing us to make a copy of all her work, and then continuing from there. Coding, is not something for everyone (just like anything), some people don’t like it very much, and others do; that’s just the way things work. I, for one, enjoyed the process. Being a perfectionist works well with coding ( no mistakes are allowed). I think I also liked the fact that there’s no real creative side to the actual coding piece. I’m hoping more people of my generation, will like coding too because it’s an inevitable factor of our future. We are leading towards computers, and will need people to work in the industry!

 

Here are some pics of my code:

 

8 Comments on Currency Conversion Calculator

  1. griffind2
    May 25, 2021 at 6:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Great post with a lot of detail about the process of coding! I would say that coding is already an inevitable factor of everyones life.

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  2. Ezra
    May 25, 2021 at 6:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I hope us humans don’t become obsolete by our generations working time. Also “or not), and the” EXCUSE ME: 2 SPACES!?!?!? I’m just kidding, obviously. Also, is there a way to add an interactive link?

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  3. Audrey
    May 25, 2021 at 6:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey Maya,
    you did a really good job I liked how you put photos of your code instead of just putting the link!

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  4. meiravw
    May 25, 2021 at 6:55 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the design of your app!

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  5. Chelsea Cleveland
    May 25, 2021 at 8:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Great work, Maya! You really embraced our financial literacy unit and final coding project! Would you be open to sharing the link to your code on your blog, so others you visit can “try it out” in action? We ARE leaning towards more and more careers involving coding and programming. Do you think this is an area in which you may be interested? Also, being very creative as you are; do you or can you think of any apps that don’t exist at the moment that would be helpful in the future? There’s coding opportunities in that! Well done!

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  6. jbennett31
    May 25, 2021 at 10:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Maya,

    I loved reading your reflection on your math app project. It sounds like it was a complicated process. It would be very frustrating to lose all of your work due to a spelling mistake. I hope you didn’t lose any of your work along the way. Would you ever want to try to work on some more coding? There is a site where you can code stories and make escape rooms: https://www.elementari.io/. You will have to let me know how you like the site.

    Keep on coding!
    Mrs. Bennett

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  7. Jon Mitzmacher
    May 26, 2021 at 12:26 pm (1 year ago)

    As always, Maya, your level of writing and detail is impressive. Like Mrs. Cleveland said, all that may have been missing is a link to your code so that people can see the final project. Coding definitely requires patience and meticulousness to do well. I was intrigued by this, “I think I also liked the fact that there’s no real creative side to the actual coding piece.” This is quite a mature insight into yourself as a learner. It also resonates with me, because for me as a learner, that was often the part of a project – the artsy, the decorating, the making it look good, etc., – I hated most. I don’t want to read too much into things, but I thought that was a very interesting statement to make.

    I look forward to future posts!

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  8. Mrs. Thompson
    June 2, 2021 at 2:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Dear Maya,

    I loved how open and honest you were about the process of coding your app! It’s interesting that you say there isn’t much room for creativity, because as I read through all the posts from your classmates, I notice differences in all your apps! Each one of you was able to be creative in terms of colours, shapes, and what information to include.

    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the process. What do you think you’ll code next? Maybe you can try something from scratch now that you’ve had some experience?
    Can’t wait to see more!

    Mrs. Thompson

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