To help encourage students’ interests in STEM, Verizon Foundation created the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. This competition is a national mobile app development contest for middle and high school students to develop original concepts and designs for an educational mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community.
Verizon announced the winning 10 teams of middle and high schools students across the country. The students worked in teams of 5 to 10, guided by faculty advisers and received tutorials from Verizon's Innovation Center for engineers, who created instructional videos on app design and development.
The winning teams – from five middle schools and five high schools – and their app concepts are (listed alphabetically):
- Bronx Academy of Promise, New York City – Quest Math, an app that helps students increase their speed in basic math computations through a mythology-themed game.
- Emory H. Markle Intermediate, Hanover, Pa. – an app that revolutionizes note-taking for students with disabilities and organizes information to create effective study guides.
- Friends’ Central School, Wynnewood, Pa. – an app designed to support creative thinking and virtual collaboration, especially outside the standard school day.
- Forney High School, Forney, Texas – an app that offers students, faculty and the community with one location to find details about upcoming school and community events.
- Hampstead Academy, Hampstead, N.H. – an app that easily identifies the ingredients of food products to help individuals with allergies avoid problem foods.
- Jefferson Township Middle School, Oak Ridge, N.J. – an app that identifies invasive species that attack the environment and provides solutions to minimize and/or contain them.
- Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo. – an app that increases awareness of global problems and allows the user to donate directly to charities supporting solutions to these issues.
- South River High School, Edgewater, Md. – an app that helps students develop better time-management skills to get assignments done on time.
- Spalding Catholic High School, Granville, Iowa – AgNote MAX, an app that makes it easier to track all aspects of farming.
- STEM Center Middle School, West Fargo, N.D. – an app that encourages members of local communities to increase recycling efforts and reduce the need for landfills.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge offers a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork among students with a wide variety of academic interests and strengths. The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is sponsored by Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association (TSA), Samsung and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Labs.
There are apps for that and more thanks to the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. It’s clear that technology can get kids excited about learning and using their creative thinking and skills in developing a solution to a problem in their communities.
To learn more visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.