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Student-designed app wins Verizon challenge

Middle school app designers win best in state

PARKER - DCSD’s Cimarron Middle School has been named the Best in the State of Colorado in the 2015 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. A group of seventh-grade students developed an app called “Destination Education.” The app is designed to help students investigate and retain math and science concepts.

“This entrepreneurial group of students came together to collaborate on their app concept outside of their normal school day,” said Katie Manzanares, Cimarron Middle School Technology Teacher. “These students excel in the areas of math and science and wanted to create an app that could both challenge and cultivate their knowledge.”

In "study mode," students use the app to explore additional content addressed in their classes and gain a better understanding of concepts. In "versus mode," students are paired up with students from around the world to test their knowledge of math and science concepts.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community.

March 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Middle School Education

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