Looking for a creative challenge for your middle-school or high-school students? Enter the Verizon Innovative App Challenge! Designed to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge also opens their eyes to exciting new possibilities for their futures.
Working with a faculty advisor, students in teams of 5-10 will develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. Each team will submit design concepts online with a visual presentation accompanied by an essay.
Verizon is providing resources that will directly support the design and development of the designs. Educators who are not participating in the challenge can join in discussions with other teachers in the Thinkfinity Community's Designing Mobile Apps group and access the design resources there, as well.
One middle school and one high school team from each state will be judged “Best in State” and team members will be invited to participate in a live webinar hosted by Verizon Foundation featuring industry experts who will share how they use STEM skills in their own careers. A distinguished panel of STEM educators and corporate innovators will then judge the top Best in State teams and provide feedback on their design concepts to each team via a live webinar.
Ten winning schools (five middle-school and five high-school teams) will be selected. Each school will receive a $10,000 cash grant plus professional support and training to help them build their apps and bring them to the marketplace. Students on each winning team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab and representatives from each team will be invited to present their developed app in person—on their new tablets—at the 2013 National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, FL, in June.
Registration is now open! The submission period is December 1, 2012, through January 18, 2013. For more details and to see the complete rules and guidelines, visit the Verizon Innovation App Challenge site.
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