Danbury High Students Win Connecticut 'Verizon App Challenge'

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Five Danbury High students have won Best in State in the Verizon App Challenge. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. -- Five Danbury High School students in the Connecticut Pre-Engingeering Program are moving on in the Verizon App Challenge, taking Best in State in the high school division, according to a CT Post blog post.

The app created by Tommy George, Anjali Pai, Lexie Pendergast, Steven Schwab and Sameena Shaffeeullah now moves on to the regional competition. The winner of that stage will be revealed on Feb. 4.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty adviser, to apply their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)  knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community, according to the contest website.

The goal of the Challenge is to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM subjects and mobile technology through an engaging and empowering learning experience.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams.

From the Best in State winners, 24 will be selected as Best in Region teams around the country.

A panel of STEM educators and corporate innovators will then judge the Best in Region teams’ app concepts and designs based on their online submissions and their presentations during a live webinar. The four top middle school and four top high school teams will be selected and announced as 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge winners.

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