Two teams of students in Boone and Delaware counties are heading to the national round of the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge. The teams, from Yorktown Middle School and Zionsville Community High School, have each won $5,000 Best in State awards and are now competing for Best in Nation honors.
In addition to the $5,000 Best in State prize from the Verizon Foundation, each student will also receive a tablet with 4G LTE service included. The Best in State winners were chosen out 1,800 teams from throughout the country.
The team of sixth graders from Yorktown middle School has developed an app called Allergy Aid, which is designed to help identify possible allergens in foods and features a game for children to memorize foods they should avoid. Users can also create personal online profiles that can be shared by caretakers.
The team of seniors from Zionsville Community High School has developed NuTown, an app in which users can identify nearby locations with top ratings and post reviews. This is the second team from the school to receive the Best in State award.
Eight teams will win the Best in Nation award, which brings a $15,000 prize for each school and the chance for each team to turn their concepts into working apps with the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
Both teams are also competing for the Fan Favorite award, which will be determined by public voting, which begins Monday and runs through February 14 on the competition’s website. The Best in Nation and Fan Favorite award winners will be announced February 15.
You can learn more about the teams’ projects in the videos below: