Sixth-graders at the Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School in Mott Haven are among the winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. A team of six students created the concept for an app, Quest Math, which can helps fellow students increase their speed in basic math by playing a mythology-themed game.
The contest, sponsored by the Technology Students Association and the Verizon Foundation, sought to boost students’ interest in math and the sciences by encouraging them to design a mobile app concept to solve a problem in their schools or community. The school was one of 10 winners nationwide. More than 1,000 schools applied.
Each winning team’s school will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to support STEM programs and each team member received the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10, courtesy of Samsung Mobile. Most important each of the winning teams will work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab to learn about basic coding and build their app on the MIT App Inventor and Verizon will help bring their apps to market.
Verizon Wireless announced last week that it’s offering its educational empowerment program at two Boston Public Schools in partnership with Samsung. First introduced locally in 2012 at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the Verizon Wireless Education Empowerment Program is being offered again at O’Bryant and has also expanded to include Boston Green Academy. The curriculum focuses on mobile learning, teaching students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom, preparing them for entering higher education or the workforce.
The program’s signature component is its student application development competition. Ten teams of three students, all selected by the schools’ administration, will work to develop unique app concepts and create marketing plans. Students will attend workshops facilitated by Verizon Wireless team members, covering topics relevant to high school seniors, such as creating resumes and sharpening job interview skills. At the end of the project in May, teams will present their app concepts and marketing plans.
A panel of judges from Verizon Wireless will select the top three finalists of the four-month project and a public online vote will determine first and second place winners. Each member of the winning team will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a new Samsung tablet and Verizon Wireless summer internship opportunities. Each member of the second and third place teams will receive a Samsung tablet.
Frederick County says it’s becoming the first jurisdiction in Maryland where people can send text messages to 911. County officials are announcing the service for Verizon Wireless customers at a briefing today in Frederick.
They say texting is important for people who may be unable to make emergency telephone calls to 911.Frederick is home to the main campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf. County officials say that was a factor in their decision to offer the service.
The service is already available to some residents of Alabama, Iowa and Vermont.
(Source: Washington Post)
Spring is officially in the air, but unfortunately for many in the Northeast, this also means a constant battle with pollen, spores and grass as allergy season springs on us as well. Thankfully, there are many apps that can help keep sniffling and sneezing at bay.
ZYRTEC AllergyCast can provide localized pollen and four-day weather forecasts, updated hourly. And for when you need allergy relief or want to better manage your symptoms, the app can tell you about various products to assist and how to quickly locate them nearby.
The WebMD Allergy app also offers localized weather forecasts, along with doctor-approved tips that can be customized for your allergies.
ALLERGY ADVISOR allows you to monitor your allergy triggers where you live, work, and travel. It also stores your healthcare provider contact information and appointments, serving as a goodreminder when a pharmaceutical refill is needed.
Make sure you have a few allergy apps downloaded so you can go out, stop and smell the roses this spring!