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The app challenge, part of Verizon Innovative Learning, is a nationwide contest in which middle and high school students are challenged to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve a problem in their community. It’s a unique, hands-on activity that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and entrepreneurship, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and coding. It builds on students’ excitement about technology and aims to equip them with skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future.
What are the important dates?
Registration for the app challenge opens August 1, 2016.
The submission deadline is November 18, 2016.
Best in State winners will be announced January 9, 2017.
Best in Region winners will be announced January 17, 2017.
Voting for the Fan Favorite award will take place January 16 through February 14, 2017 (all BIS winners are eligible for Fan Favorite).
Best in Nation and Fan Favorite winners will be announced February 15, 2017.
Who can enter?
Teams of students affiliated with schools and nonprofit groups/clubs can enter the contest, along with an adult advisor.
The students must be in grades 6 through 12, and the teams must have five to seven members plus their advisor. Teams can register with their school (public, private, or parochial) or any nonprofit group or club that is tax-exempt under section501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They must be located in the United States. Here are more details about who can participate.