Verizon Apps Competition Announces Short Lists

How to get help when a natural disaster strikes? A new app designed by a team of students from Archmere Academy in Claymont could help. The app is one of the runnersup in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, which has attracted entries from schools all over the U.S.

The Archmere Academy team is ​competing in the Best in Region ​category​, which would earn them a $5,000 grant for the school and virtual coding training from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab development experts.

If they win, they would move up to the national-level competition, where the awards include $15,000 grant and tablet computers. The team is listed alongside tens of other teams in the Best in Region and Best in State Categories. The Best in Nation winners will be announced on February 19th.

The ​yearly ​competition ​opens a channel to some great, innovative ideas. For example, last year a team of eighth-graders from the Hampstead Academy in New Hampshire created an app to help people with food allergies. Called Chow Checker, the app can identify food allergens and is already available to download from Google Play.

Elsewhere, the young brains at Stem Center Middle School in West Fargo, North Dakota, create​d​ an app called Recycling Bin, designed to encourage – you guessed it - people to recycle. The app contains information about locations of community recycling facilities and their hours of operation. Users will set a specific time of day, week, or month for the app to provide a reminder and offer details of recycling locations nearby.

The concept behind the competition is to foster innovative thinking by students and boost their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams.

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