Thanks to six students at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School in Pennsylvania, students nationwide soon will have access to a smart-phone app that takes note-taking to a new level.
The school’s Technology Student Association team was named one of 10 “Best in Nation” winners for the Verizon Innovation App Challenge on March 18, and now they have the opportunity to work with industry professionals to turn their idea into reality.
All 10 winning teams will work with engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab to further develop their apps, and Verizon will provide professional support and training to help bring their concepts to market.
The six-student team from the South Western School District in Hanover, Pa., dreamed up an app that will record class lectures, identify keywords, and search the internet for relevant study material to help students prepare for upcoming tests. The group members are Jocelyn Peter, Daphne Weiss, Mark Weiss, Shannon Hutchinson, Sabrina Lam, and Nicia Werner.
“Our students were creative in their use of the engineering design process to find solutions to this societal issue,” said Kevin Duckworth, principal of the intermediate school. “We are extremely proud of their ability to work as a team to collaborate to create their app design. Their hard work, creativity, use of technology, and intellectual prowess are a reflection of the ‘Tradition of Excellence’ at South Western.”
The group’s idea, Voice Notes, is an application that “revolutionizes note-taking for students with disabilities and organizes information to create effective study guides,” according to a press release from Verizon Communications.
Other winning ideas include Quest Math, from students at the Bronx Academy of Promise in New York City, which helps students increase their speed in basic math computations through a mythology-themed game; Chow Checker, from students at Hampstead Academy in Hampstead, N.H., which easily identifies the ingredients of food products to help individuals with allergies avoid problem foods; and CaringHands, from students at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., which increases awareness of global problems and allows the user to donate directly to charities supporting solutions to these issues.
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