The reason I am interested in mobile app design is because I am interested in meeting students where they live. Also, I am interested in any learning activity that shows engineering as a creative endeavor - a cool profession that improves the lives of people.
I am grade 8 science teacher who is also responsible for teaching engineering curriculum standards and as such I have high hopes for the Verizon App Challenge. I want it to bring to life the design process, get the students imaginations ignited, understand that they have the ability to enhance lives, and improve communication skills.
Question: I have never used Innovationportal.org. Should I require my students to develop their portfolio on this site or should I also give them the option to submit the essay and presentation outside of Innovationportal.org?
Mary Ann Tourkantonis
Medway Middle School
Hi Mary Ann,
I'll jump in with a reply to your question -- all submissions must be made through the online process, via the innovation portal, which can be accessed once teams have completed their registrations at www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.
We're delighted that you find such value in the app challenge and wish you and your team all the best!
I'm excited to for an opportunity like this for my Business Mgt/Entrepreneurship students. The class is a mix of 10-12 graders who are motivated after visiting a college class of the same. At the time of our visit, the class was in the design and development stage of a product they came up with. Immediately after, I heard of this project and told the class. I left it up to them if they wanted to "go for it". Not realizing what was expected of them, they were ready for the challenge. My question is, how detailed is the design and development elements of the project? Are they expected to write the code for the app? Are they to answer past element E?
The design and development elements of the project should be completed as noted on our site, including the following two parts:
1. An essay that describes their team and demonstrates their understanding of the design process, their app’s functionality, and its potential impact or outcome. The essay should include:
◦ A description of the problem or need their app is designed to address
◦ The process the team went through to develop its concept
◦ A description of how the app will address the problem/need
◦ A description of how the team used STEM skills in this process
◦ Identification of the primary audience for the app
◦ No more than 1,000 words.
2. A three-minute video or other visual presentation describing their app concept and how it will function. Teams may create a video, use presentation software such as PowerPoint® or Keynote, or use online presentation tools such as Animoto, Prezi or SlideRocket.
They are not expected to write code for the app or answer past element E. If they are one of the 10 winning teams, then MIT will guide them in their development of the app. We look forward to your team competing in the challenge!
On the Innovation Portal, the competition guidelines and judging rubric state that only elements A - D will be judged and it appears that the elements for D and E have been combined into one. This is somewhat confusing and I hope that by following the rubric that includes E, that my team will not be disqualified! Also, the tutorial for uploading the video is really just how to put a link to the video on the portal. Is youtube the expected site to upload the video to?
Hi Kate - we did include E. I'm puzzled because I invited mschroll and Ip-admin to view portfolios and it shows mschroll pending and doesn't show ip-admin. I thought the video could be uploaded in the portal. The directions are scattered all over making it difficult to feel comfortable about doing the right thing.
Your team will not be disqualified, as you appear to have followed the rubric correctly. YouTube is the expected site to upload the video to, which is then linked to the portal.
Carol, hopefully your issue has been straightened out.
Please refer to the recent countdown emails which have hopefully reached you. If either of you have any additional detailed questions which need to be resolved for your team submission, please email the App Challenge team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get back to you asap!
Thank you both for your support and participation,