Students and teachers at Redmond's STEM High School have barely started to break in their new facility, but they're already receiving recognition. On Thursday, they were named one of two Verizon Innovative App Challenge “Best in State” recipients for their “All Things STEM” app.
Lake Washington School District constructed a school building in 2012 to house a new secondary school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge launched in October and lets kids address a pressing community issue through app development and increases student engagement in STEM subjects. A recent study showed that 39 percent of middle school students use smartphones for homework, while only 6 percent report that they can use the smartphone in classroom for school work.
About the Verizon Innovative App Challenge:
- The 10 winning schools at the national level will be announced on Monday, March 18.
- Each member of the winning team will take home a tablet, courtesy of Samsung, and each of the 10 winning schools will receive a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.
- Students from the 10 teams will work with MIT Labs to develop their app and launch it in Google Play at the end of the summer.