A mobile app concept developed by a team of middle school students at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita was named best in state in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, the company announced Monday.
The “Homework in ANY Language” app concept would enable families to translate homework instructions into a preferred language by hovering over written text using the camera on any smart device.
The students’ concept now advances to regional competition later this month. If selected, the McAuliffe students could be finalists for the national award and work with engineers to develop the app.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge encourages students to design a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities.
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Shane Koranda, the McAuliffe teacher whose technology class submitted the state-winning concept, said the app’s goal is to help non-English-speaking parents learn about or help with their child’s homework.
Ninety teams of middle- and high-school students from across the country have advanced to the next phase of the judging process. A list of the state winners is available at http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org.