This year's Verizon Innovative App Challenge is underway! The contest challenges students to design a concept for a new tablet app to improve their community. Prizes like personal tablets and cash grants for entrants' schools are up for grabs for the state, regional, and national winners.
To enter the contest, form a team of five to seven middle- or high-school students and a faculty advisor to create a concept for a new mobile app that would solve a problem or meet a need in their school or community. Students are asked to describe their app idea via an essay and a visual presentation and submit it for judging by December 3, 2013. The eight winning teams (four middle-school and four high-school teams) at the national level will be invited to present their apps at the 2014 National Technology Student Association Conference in Washington, D.C.
Last year's national winners addressed a wide variety of community needs. Many of the apps were designed to aid students with schoolwork, helping them with note-taking, staying organized, getting school announcements, working on group projects, or improving their math skills. Several more of the winning apps had an environmental focus with goals of helping users recyle more or identify invasive species in their community.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is a great opportunity to get students interested in technology and in using STEM skills and techniques to solve real-world problems. With mobile ed gaining ground in the education community, there's never been a better time to immerse students in the world of educational technology!
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