West Fargo STEM Center Students Build App, Win National Competition

Congratulations to the team of middle school students from the West Fargo STEM Center who are winners of a national competition to develop mobile applications that address a need or problem within their community. The nine-member team’s “recycle bin” app concept is one of ten winning designs. The app makes it easier to recycle and to find recycling facilities in a community.

The competition, the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, was created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The students were asked to use their STEM skills to design app concepts that provided real-world solutions for issues in their communities or schools.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab will continue to work with the West Fargo STEM Center “Recycle Bin” app team to refine their projects. Verizon will provide the teams with professional support and training to help bring their concepts to market. The final products will be made available for download from Google’s Play Store. In addition, the West Fargo STEM Center will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to advance STEM education at their school, and each team member will receive the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of Samsung Mobile.

More than 500 student teams from across the country submitted concepts for the competition.

Read West Fargo Schools Press Release