Teaching Students API with Postman

To establish the collaboration and start to work toward making technical education accessible, Bit Project and Postman set up a workshop for students and curriculum developers to help them understand a few fundamental technical concepts through hands-on activities.

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Teaching Students API with Postman

To establish the collaboration and start to work toward making technical education accessible, Bit Project and Postman set up a workshop for students and curriculum developers to help them understand a few fundamental technical concepts through hands-on activities.

Problem

Students who want to enter the tech industry need to know how to use application programming interfaces (APIs). Knowing how to test and develop APIs is a powerful tool, and this knowledge is crucial for developing successful data-driven student projects. They must be able to understand the importance of API testing and development and apply these concepts to their own work.

But finding opportunities to both learn and practice API testing and development can be difficult for college students. If they don't have the chance to strengthen these important skills, students won't be able to keep up with the fast pace of software. Consequently, those students will struggle and be underprepared for their future careers.

Solution

To help prepare students for their future careers, Bit Project partnered with Postman, the industry-standard SaaS company for rapid API development and testing. Bit Project and Postman collaborated together, creating a set of hands-on activities using Postman's platform for students to learn fundamental concepts about RESTful API development and testing. These activities were designed to be a friendly introduction to API testing for students — STEM and non-STEM majors alike — with little to no prior experience.

With these new educational materials, students understood the importance of databases and sequels, and they learned how to search for and execute queries. Participants who attended the program were divided into various groups to make the learning process more engaging and promote a learn-by-doing environment. Utilizing friendly competition through a BitBlox challenge pushed students to apply their new-found skills in a way that reinforced what they learned from Bit Project members and Postman educators.

Student participating in interactive Postman workshop hosted by Bit Project

Results & Future Plans

Our collaborative workshop with Postman has served as a jumping off point for further student projects. Recently, Bit Project has held events to empower student developers working to help those affected by COVID-19. Our events offer technical skills to students to help them include data in their projects by using APIs. Using data from the current pandemic, student developers Jeffrey Ugochukwu and Joey Hua from the Developer Relations department built an application to create data visualizations through Postman.

“Our workshop and events will introduce students to API usage in a convenient, easy-to-grasp manner. Through using the Postman app, students will be able to interact with APIs while also learning about an awesome tool that makes it easy for them to develop and use APIs on their own,”

The collaboration between Bit Project and Postman is an opportunity to share Postman software with students and learn about it as developers. By partnering with an industry leader like Postman, we hope to further expand our curricula from API testing education to include more advanced activities. As APIs become a more vital component of technological development, we plan on continuing our fruitful partnership with Postman to educate the next generation of developers on the power of collaborative API testing and development through our organization.