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*One submission per team per academic year.*
The app challenge, part of Verizon Innovative Learning, is a nationwide contest in which middle and high school students are challenged to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve a problem in their community. It’s a unique, hands-on activity that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and entrepreneurship, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and coding. It builds on students’ excitement about technology and aims to equip them with skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future.
How to Participate:
It’s simple to enter:
1. Gather your team.
2. Complete the registration, authorization, and release forms.
3. Read the rules.
4. Identify a problem in your community that you want to solve.
5. Develop your app concept.
6. Create your submission.
No cost to submit.
Middle school and high school students in teams.
Best in State winners get an Android tablet and $5,000 for their school to enhance STEM education. Best in Nation and Fan Favorite winners get $15,00 for certain uses, training from the MIT App Inventor Group to build and publish their app, and an all-expenses paid trip to the national TSA conference for each team member and a parent/guardian.
One submission per team per year.
Outcome of the Activity:
Just by participating, young people gain:
Experience working on a real-world STEM project
Teamwork and collaboration skills
Critical thinking, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurship skills
Character development, including empathy and grit
Skills addressed by educational standards