« Conn. Governor Pledges $15 Million to Support Common-Core Implementation | Main | Weighing Common-Core Math Complaints »

Students Design STEM-Focused Apps to Tackle Community Problems

This week, tech-giant Verizon announced the winners of its "Innovative App Challenge," a contest in which teams of middle and high school students design concepts for STEM-focused mobile apps to help people in their communities. 

Students don't have to be particularly tech-savvy or know how to code to be involved—they just need to come up with a creative concept that's reflective of a real-world need. Verizon gives each of the four middle school and four high school winning teams $15,000 cash grants and support from the MIT Media Lab to build out the apps. The winning students also each receive a Samsung tablet.

This is the third year of the competition, which is aimed at boosting students' science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Nearly 1,200 teams provided entries. 

So, which apps won? Below are some highlights (you can find the full list here): 

Leave No Trace: High school students from North Hills Preparatory School in Irving, Texas, designed an app that tells users about their personal carbon footprint and allows them to compare it to the per capita average in other countries. Users put in information from their water and electricity bills, and the app converts that into tons of carbon dioxide emitted. 

App leave no trace.JPG

 

Tactillium: This app, designed by a high school team out of Westford Academy in Westford, Mass., lets students perform chemistry experiments in a 3-D virtual lab. For instance, students can move the lab equipment to watch flame tests and chemical reactions. The app is geared toward schools that lack science equipment and younger students.

app tactillium.JPG

Hello Navi: Designed by students at Resaca Middle School in Los Fresnos, Texas, this app helps blind and visually impaired students navigate their school building. The student talks into the app to request help getting to a particular location. 

app hello navi.JPG

 

Super Science Girl: Students from Jefferson Township Middle School in Oak Ridge, N.J., created an app to try to get more girls interested in STEM. In it, a female superhero leads users through experiments and games. 

Thumbnail image for app science girl.JPG
The apps are available on Google Play. According to Verizon, the apps created through the contest over the last few years have been downloaded more than 14,000 times. Registration for next year's contest starts Aug. 4

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments

  • Linda: My problem with homework is they give too much and read more
  • Seo Article Writer: Hello I just see your site when I am searching read more
  • Car Insurance Guy: Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. read more
  • cyptoreopully: Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im read more
  • Connie Wms: Good grief. We have gone round and round forever with read more