Faces of Fairview #6: Evan McClure
Senior Evan McClure has recently published his own app, which is essentially a “little video game”, as he called it, titled Hexa Hiker. The game has around 240 downloads so far.
“I’ve been very into video games for a long time, since I was like 5 years old,” McClure said. “And I’ve played them for a long time, but it’s also been my dream to just make one, to understand how they're made.”
McClure took several computer science classes at Fairview, which gave him the base of knowledge he needed to begin making the app, but he still had to figure out many things by himself once he started.
“It involved a lot of google searching really specific questions,” he said.
The independent project for International Baccalaureate (IB) Computer Science during McClure’s junior year is what led him to begin making Hexa Hiker. He began in February of 2017 and published the app in October.
When asked what the most difficult part of the process of making Hexa Hiker was, McClure said, “starting.”
“It’s really a daunting task,” McClure said. “I actually kind of sat on this idea for a while, and [...] the independent project last year finally gave me a real reason to start it.”
While this project is over, McClure wants to begin something else for the independent project this year for IB Computer Science.
“I’m maybe looking into going with multiplayer something, like networking,” McClure said.
McClure said that he enjoys computer science because it is “like a puzzle.”
“I’ve always loved puzzles and problem solving like that,” he said. “I’ve also been good at that, too, my whole life.”
When asked if he wants to continue with computer science, McClure said, “Absolutely. I want to major in it in college, and then find a job in the field.”