Front, from left: Carver TSA members Allyson Lane, Madison Owen, and Mollie Locklear; back, from left: Carver TSA adviser Sharon Stephens, TSA members Allisa Dilling and Carsen Adams, Verizon store manager Ginger Cousin, and Scotland County Schools' CTE director Darlene Moss.
Carver Middle School’s Technology Student Association App Design team won Best in State in a recent Verizon App Challenge.
Their application, Future Forge, is designed to help students explore and research careers in STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The team utilized information from PipelineNC, a North Carolina career management group, and a number of other media tools to form an unprecedented collection of resources.
Team members Carsen Adams, Allissa Dilling, Allyson Lane, Mollie Locklear, and Madison Owen worked with faculty advisor Sharon Stephens to develop the concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real need in their school or community. While designing their app, students considered marketplace need, usefulness, audience, and viability. The group submitted their design concepts online through a visual presentation accompanied by an essay justifying the importance of career education.
“It has been an exciting opportunity for students to integrate what they are learning in school with mobile technology. We are using real-world skills to create a real-world product.” said Stephens.
Next, members will participate in a live webinar hosted by Verizon Foundation featuring industry experts who will share how they use STEM skills in their own careers. The project will then advance to the national level where 5 middle school and 5 high school teams will receive $10,000 cash grants plus professional support and training to help them bring their designs to life by building their apps and bringing them to the marketplace.
Students on each winning team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab and be invited to present their developed apps in person – on their new tablets – at the 2013 National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Fla. in June.