“Rock Canyon rocks!” echoed through the school’s hallways as local media arrived to capture the moment.
The high school in Highlands Ranch, Colo., is one of 10 winning schools from more than 470 national team entries in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The schools were challenged to develop mobile apps that addressed a need or opportunity in their schools or communities.
The competition was created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.
High school and middle school students from across the country were invited to use their STEM skills to design app concepts that provided real-world solutions to local challenges. The 10 winning teams will now work on bringing their concepts to market, with professional support and training from Verizon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
Rock Canyon High School received a $10,000 grant to advance STEM education, and each of the five winning team members received a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of Samsung Mobile.
The school’s submission, CaringHands, increases awareness of local and global philanthropy and allows mobile users to identify, assess and donate directly to charities supporting solutions important to them. “Now we get to work with professionals from MIT and Verizon to bring our app to market, which is awesome,” said Jordan Peters, a student from the winning team at Rock Canyon.
The app will be made available for download from Google Play in approximately two months.
A complete list of 2013 Best in State winners is available on the Verizon Innovation App Challenge page.
Photo caption: The winning student team demonstrated their app concept to Mountain Region RP Chris Lewter. Students pictured (l to r) include Jordan Peters, Rohan Balan, Deanne Apke, Adriana Maldonado and Shivani Chauha.