MARS — Jordan Bechek wanted a way to work smarter, not harder.
The Washington and Jefferson College senior, faced with an upcoming class assignment, wanted to know the exact grade he would need to achieve an A in the course. The computing and information studies major set out to calculate that information, and in turn discovered a way to help students from all walks of life better track their status.
Bechek, a Mars native, developed Student’s Edge, an app that tracks grades and grade point average to let students set goals and ensure they’re working to hit them.
“You can set your own goals and keep track of your GPA and progress,” Bechek said. “You can even adjust the grading scale for each class to get the most accurate representation of your accomplishments.”
Bechek began envisioning the app while taking an app design and development course during his sophomore year of college. After creating the basic structure, he then spent his time off during the summer building the full version, publishing it before returning to school.
“Building the full version ... required extensive independent learning, with my school experience as a foundation,” he said.
Since its release two years ago, the app has been downloaded hundreds of times.
Not content with stopping there, and with a newfound knowledge for development, Bechek teamed with his mother, Virginia, to develop another app called My Sunny Day. The app “puts sunshine at your fingertips” by providing videos and sounds of sunny summer days. The audio and video was captured by Virginia Bechek.
“It is the only app that I am aware of that features sun and sunshine videos that can be paired with sounds such as birds singing and ocean waves,” Jordan Bechek said, adding the app also features other “summer day” sounds, including barking dogs and chirping birds.
Both apps are free and available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.