December 9, 2014 -- NS BASIC Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement with Tatweer Education Holding Company, part of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education. NS BASIC will supply its NSB/AppStudio Education Edition for use in teaching high school students how to program.
The agreement allows Tatweer to install AppStudio in all high schools in Saudi Arabia. There are some 30,000 schools in the country.
Saudi High School students are required to take two terms in programming. The first term covers basic programming. The second term, using AppStudio, teaches programming for mobile devices. Approximately 450,000 students will be learning mobile device programming per year: over the 4 year life of the agreement, over 1.8 million students will learn how to program.
"Students learn best when they're doing what they love." said George Henne, President of NS BASIC Corporation. "Making their own apps for smartphones will engage them and, hopefully, hook them on programming."
Training is already underway, with the first term scheduled to complete in January 2015. The Ministry developed its own curriculum in Arabic for the course. The AppStudio IDE was enhanced to provide Arabic language and right-to-left text support.
More about NSB/AppStudio
AppStudio includes over 150 statements and functions. Support is provided for SQLite, geolocation, graphics and more. A full set of standard screen input and output objects and dialog boxes are included. A handbook, tutorials and lots of sample code are included in Wiki form.
The product is available immediately for download from the company's website. A single user license is available for $99.95 USD, and includes both the Mac OS and PC versions. Enterprise and Education licenses are also available.
About NS BASIC Corporation
NS BASIC Corporation's tools are among the most widely used third party tools for handheld devices. NS BASIC Corporation has been a leading creator of development tools for handheld devices since 1993. Over 200,000 developers in over 80 countries use NS BASIC's tools.