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CTE Funding Spotlight: Verizon Innovative App Challenge

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October 31, 2013

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CTE Funding Spotlight: Verizon Innovative App Challenge

In today’s funding spotlight we bring you the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association (TSA), Samsung and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. The app challenge is a nationwide competition where teams of five to seven students work with a faculty advisor to develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles and content to address a real need in their school or community. Teams that create the best app concept for their state will go on to compete for a regional prize that includes a $5,000 grant to enhance STEM education at their school and a chance to become one of eight national prize winners. National winners will work with professionals at Verizon and the MIT Media Lab to bring their app concept to life.

Teams must submit a three-minute video describing the app concept and an essay that demonstrates the team’s understanding of the design process, the app’s functionality and its potential real-world applications. Previous national winners include an app that allows individuals with food allergies to scan the bar codes on food items for a full list of ingredients and nutritional facts to determine if those foods are safe to eat.

This is a great opportunity for students to work as a team and develop skills for in-demand, high-tech career fields, while competing to win grant money to support STEM education in their school. The deadline to submit an app concept is December 3, 2013. Faculty advisors can visit the Verizon Innovative App Challenge website for more information.

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