BP student dazzles Arkema group with new app
That reaction was echoed by members of the Arkema Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP) at a regular monthly meeting held at the Blooming Prairie City Center on June 13.
The WOW factor was provided by Blooming Prairie High School senior Riley Millam, who was the featured speaker at the regular meeting. Riley is also a member of the Arkema CAP.
Millam is well known at BPHS for his computer programming skills. He informed fellow CAP members about his creation of a special application.
He has helped in experimentation with the high school's 3D printer and he has also been a member of the Wrench Warmers, the Blooming Prairie High School robotics team.
Just recently, Riley developed an app (computer application) to help high school Spanish teacher Jennifer Thomas.
"He's amazing," said CAP member Sandi Bass after listening to Millam tell about his programming escapades.
Millam said Señora Thomas used an online program to help with conjugation of verbs but it did not work so well.
Being a member of the robotics team, as a joke Riley said he could create a better one. His teacher took him up on his dare and worked on app development for about eight months.
On April 16, Riley learned that his app had been approved. He then went into Mrs. Thomas' classroom and published the app in front of her. The app is free and available at the App Store. Students can access the apps from their cell phones.
Millam used a computer and his cell phone to explain his app creation. It's filed under RAM Games, utilizing Riley's initials.
Riley's application is named "Conjugation Station." He may create more conjugation programs for other languages.
Riley, an A Honor Roll student, said he has self taught himself about computer programming. He said he knows six program languages.
Looking ahead to his future plans, Riley said he likely will target a computer engineer career. "I can't imagine sitting at a desk," Millam said. He said he enjoys working with graphics in creating programs.
Riley hopes to develop more apps in the future. He's working on one now that will help users search for a word by using a built-in camera. "It's kind of a weird idea," he admits. This procedure will help find a word in a large file.
He recently received an internship with IBI Data in Brownsdale. He will work with programing and website development. His robotics involvement helped him get the internship following an interview.
Prior to Millam's presentation, facilitator Roger Sorenson introduced new Arkema plant manager Michael Green. He grew up in Wyoming and said he drifted to Minnesota accidentally.
The Times will introduce Green to the community in an upcoming news story.
Next meeting of the Arkema CAP group will be on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the BP City Center.