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Faith Lutheran tops in state in app contest

A team of students from Las Vegas’ Faith Lutheran High School won the title of best-in-state in Verizon’s third annual Innovative App Challenge.

Some students of Faith Lutheran, 2015 S. Hualapai Way, designed and submitted an app designed to help with special needs education, according to a statement released this week.

The high school is now being considered for the best-of-the region title in the competition.

The Faith Lutheran team’s app was created to allow special needs students to track their progress and give their advisers “an efficient interface to easily manage the students’ activities.”

The national competition is aimed at sparking student interest in science, math, engineering and technology, commonly referred to as STEM, by asking students to design a mobile application that will address a need in their communities.

Nationwide, 90 high school and middle school teams were selected as winners out of nearly 1,100 app concepts submitted by schools nationwide.

Winners advance to the next round of the competition.

One winning team from last year’s competition was invited to the annual White House Science Fair to present its app “Hello Navi,” built to help a blind classmate navigate around school.

On Friday, Verizon and the Technology Student Association will announce the top 24 regional teams, each of which will receive a $5,000 grant for their schools.

Eight winning teams will be named Feb. 3. Those teams will take home an additional $15,000 grant to their schools, a Samsung tablet for each team member, and training on coding and app development by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MIT’s Media Lab and Verizon will make the students’ apps ready for distribution.

Apps created in prior years’ competitions have been downloaded more than 26,000 times from the Google Play store, officials said in the statement.

Las Vegas Review-Journal writer Cassandra Taloma contributed to this report. Contact Kimberly De La Cruz at kdelacruz@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @KimberlyinLV.

 

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