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AAST students win 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge


Students from the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology recently won 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge “Best in the State” in the high school category.   Winning team members are Stiv Bare, Killian Bucci, Joe Gross, Kayla Johnson, Matthew McKewen, and Timothy Ray.  Their “Dangerous Animals” app earned top points for its creativity, innovative design, and application of STEM principles to the development process.  All 9th grade STEM students participated for the second year in their Freshman Seminar class taught by Mindi Penn.  Mrs. Penn, the team advisor, will be receiving from The Verizon Foundation a plaque for AAST and individual certificates for each member of the team. 


As part of the reward for achieving “Best in State” status, the winning team will have exclusive early access to training materials developed by collaborators from the MIT Center for Mobile Learning. Beginning the week of February 17, 2014, “Best in State” winners will have self-guided access to materials that cover “Teaching App Creation Using App Inventor.” These materials will enable teams to begin building out their proposed app concepts into actual working mobile apps.

All “Best in the State” winning teams are eligible for “Best in Region” which will be announced February 4, 2014, and “Best in Nation” which will be announced February 19, 2014. All “Best in State” winning teams also will be eligible to participate in a virtual STEM event tentatively scheduled for February 26, 2014.