Three Technology Student Association Chapters Among Top 10 Winning Teams of Verizon Innovative App Challenge

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The top ten winning teams of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, administered by Technology Student Association (TSA), are announced.

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It's clear that technology can get kids excited about learning - Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge, administered by Technology Student Association (TSA), has announced the top ten winning teams. All of the teams created a mobile application to address a problem in the students’ school or community. Each of these winning schools will receive a $10,000 grant to advance their STEM program, and each team member will receive a new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

TSA is a national organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TSA’s membership includes over 180,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. Winning Verizon Innovative App Challenge teams are presenting the apps on their new tablets at the National TSA Conference in Orlando, Florida, at the end of June.

Among the top ten winning teams were three TSA chapters:

Spalding Catholic High School – Iowa – for AgNote Max: An app that makes it easier to track all aspects of farming.

Rock Canyon High School – Colorado – for Caring Hands: An app that increases awareness of global problems and allows the user to donate directly to charities supporting solutions to these issues.

E. H. Markle Intermediate School – Pennsylvania – for Voice Notes: revolutionizes note-taking for students with disabilities and organizes information to create effective study guides.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge received submissions from nearly 500 student teams from across the country. Teams consisted of five to 10 students per team and were assisted by faculty advisors and Verizon’s Innovative Center engineers. Submissions were judged based on a set of criteria including identification of the problem, originality, viability of the concept, and the applicability of STEM principles and practices. The judges’ panel consisted of STEM and industry experts from the Verizon Innovation Center, MIT Media Lab, Samsung Mobile, the New York Hall of Science, the National Academy Foundation, National Geographic, the International Reading Association and the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

“It’s clear that technology can get kids excited about learning, and it was delightful to see the care and thoughtfulness these students put into developing a solution to a problem,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation.

Students on the winning teams will work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab to improve their submissions, and Verizon will help them bring their apps to market. Once the apps are finished, the MIT Media Lab will work with the students to make them available from Google’s Play Store.

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