CONTEST BOOSTS STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE IN STEM, ENTREPRENEURSHIP
This fall, Dallas-Fort Worth area students in grades sixth through 12th have an opportunity to share their creativity and problem-solving skills with the world in the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge, which is currently accepting entries through Nov. 18.
In addition to cash and technology prizes, winners learn to code from experts to help turn their ideas into working smartphone apps.
Now in its fifth year, the results have been amazing. Winning ideas have addressed a variety of issues, from navigation for the blind to feeding the homeless. Breakthrough apps have been downloaded more than 23,500 times from the app store.
A student group at Rice Middle School in Plano was one of eight teams named Best in Nation in the competition’s third year. The team’s concept, Mind Glass, offers students with dyslexia options for customizing the text to make it easier for them to read and comprehend.
The year before that, North Hills Preparatory in Irving made the grade with its app Leave No Trace, which encourages reducing the use of electricity, water, and heat to lower energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
The excitement of the app challenge is the potential it can unlock.
Students develop critical thinking skills, learn how to collaborate, and are introduced to the concept of entrepreneurship all while being empowered to identify the issues that they want to change, and take steps towards changing them.
The competition is important to Verizon’s mission of promoting educational opportunities that allow young people to experience technology firsthand and develop the skills and interest to become tech professionals, business leaders, and innovators of the future.
Our team believes that engaging students early in their education not only gives them more confidence in selecting more challenging careers, such as those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, but also more confidence in creating innovative solutions that positively influence our world. It’s a win-win for everyone.
I’m looking forward to seeing the entries submitted for this year’s competition and would love to see a DFW student group take Best in Nation.
Click here to register.
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