Grant, who has been coding for about five years, created the app as his Senior Capstone Project, the two-week, experiential learning program that Hun seniors must design, complete, and report on at the end of the academic year. He was inspired while working summers in Hun’s Information Technology Department.
“I wanted to do something tech-related,” said Grant. “I thought, what is tricky and could be easier? I’ll help people on campus print from their iPhones and iPads more easily.”
Grant noticed that Hun teachers and students generally sent documents they were viewing on their devices to their computers first, and printed them from there. Hun Print, available at the App Store, allows users to take a document on their device, say on Google Drive, send it to their Uniflow queue, call up that queue on a campus printer, and print it using their ID cards. It also allows printing from other apps. (Hun Print provides instructions.)
Technology became a passion for Grant in his years at Hun. (The son of Learning Skills teacher Debbie Versfeld, he and his twin brother Gib, have attended the School since the sixth grade.) In the Upper School, Grant took Computer Science 1 and 2, as well as AP Computer Science. He’s built and maintained websites, including one for the student newspaper, The Mall, of which he was editor-in-chief. He built an app for the Athletic Department that allowed trainers and coaches to keep track of who was working out in the gym and weight room, and how often.
“Showing tenacity and grit, Grant did not let obstacles get in his way while developing Hun Print,” said his Capstone mentor and Hun Director of Technology Jim Huffaker. “He created an application that will help every person on campus with mobile printing.”
This past school year, Grant branched out, attending lunchtime programs at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. And on spring break, he traveled to the Fung Forum in Berlin, Germany, a conference on the ethics of digital technology, an area he thinks he will pursue in the future.
“I don’t think I want to just sit behind a computer and write code all day,” noted Grant. “I’m trying to decide how I want to proceed.”
No doubt, his path will be a digital one.