Story last updated at 10/23/2013 - 2:07 pm
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge increases students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math, while exposing them to the creative thinking and skills used in STEM-related careers. The App Challenge offers a project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork among students. The challenge is sponsored by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, and Samsung Telecommunications America.
The App Challenge is open to teams of five U.S. middle and high school students plus a faculty advisor.
Teams will develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real-world problem in their school or community. The team will submit an online essay and video of its design concept. Submissions are welcomed until Dec. 3. See www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.
Twenty-four Best in Region teams will be selected, with four from each region (West, Midwest, South and East). Each of the 24 winning teams (12 in middle school and 12 in high school) will win $5,000 cash grants plus virtual support and training from the MIT Media Lab to help them build out their app concept.
Eight Best in Nation teams will be selected from the 24 Best in Region teams, with two from each region. Each of the eight winning teams (four in middle school and four in high school) will receive additional $15,000 cash grants as well as Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets for each student and faculty advisor. The teams will receive onsite and virtual professional support and training from the MIT Media Lab to help them build and bring their apps to market.
Best in Category winners will be selected for apps that address issues in the healthcare, education and energy fields. These three teams will be honored with a certificate. Representatives from each Best in Nation team will be invited to present their winning app in person - on their new tablets - at the 2014 Technology Student Association National Conference in Washington D.C., in June.