National Competition Encourages Greater Student Interest in STEM While Providing High-Tech Skills For Success
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine (BCHS) is excited to announce its selection as one of the six winners in this year’s Lenovo Scholars Network Mobile App Competition. The national competition originated to encourage greater interest among underserved high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects while providing them with high-tech skills to succeed in the 21st century.
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) students, once again, participated in the national competition and spent months designing, coding, developing, and testing their mobile apps. Steps to Success, the app that one of the school’s teams created, features games and activities that support the development of literacy skills using a combination of auditory, visual, and motivational features to engage children.
BCHS’ team “The KCs” – Oluwakemi Dauda, Katlyn Day, Caitlyn Harrison, Jacarla Pope and Camryn Simmons – will join the five other winning teams from across the country to present their app at National Academy Foundation’s annual professional development conference, in Orlando, FL July 2016.
By participating in the Lenovo Scholar Network mobile app development program, students are provided with the knowledge, resources, and practical experiences to support their college and future career success. Students are also granted access to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s App Inventor development tool, a web-based tool for creating Android apps, to build and test their apps on Lenovo devices. NAF and MIT work together to provide technical assistance and to develop support materials for teachers using the MIT App Inventor.
Additionally, BCHS is encouraging community to explore the six apps and vote for their “Fan Favorite” now through July 19. The Fan Favorite winner will be announced at the conference and be recognized on stage for their accomplishments.
To learn more about the apps, the Student Teams that collaborated and developed them, and to help choose the 2016 Fan Favorite, visit www.lenovoscholars.com/vote2016.
To find out more about the Lenovo Scholar Network and follow along with students’ app creation journey, visit www.lenovoscholars.com or check out #LenovoScholars on social media.