Verizon Innovative App Challenge this week. There were an estimated 770 entries and the top eight winning teams will receive $20,000 towards the winning school's STEM program, in addition to professional support for the development of the app with a chance to make it available in the Google Apps store.By way of video conference, a very excited group of seventh graders at Bellevue's Open Window School were announced "Best in Nation" winners in the
The Challenge presented a 21st Century Learning opportunity for students, with the help of an advisor or teacher, to use STEM knowledge to create an app that would solve a real world problem in the community. Seventh graders were tasked by Advanced Technology teacher, Adrienne Gifford, to take on the Challenge this year. Students worked in groups of 5 or 6 to research local news stories and current available apps. The winning team determined a more robust and useful app for hiking in the Northwest could not only provide interesting details about area wildlife, but also a GPS and alert system that could help save lives.
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