The Youth Apps Challenge

Youth Apps Challenge is a two-part program that introduces both teachers and students to the power and potential of programming. Run through the statewide non-profit Technology Alliance and now in its third year, Youth Apps motivates teams of middle and high school students from across Washington state to develop innovative computer applications that address everyday problems. The Youth Apps Challenge is generously supported by the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Google, Comcast, and the Breneman-Jaech Foundation.

Through a combination of teacher training and a contest, the challenge directly exposes hundreds of students to basic programming and problem solving skills. Youth Apps uniquely engages both experienced and novice student coders, and gives teachers the tools and training they need to support these budding innovators of all skill levels. Engaging more young people in STEM is critical to our state’s future, and Youth Apps is among the key efforts working directly with students and schools (Microsoft’s TEALS, Code.org, Coding Dojo, TAF Academy - are among others).

This year more than 50 teams of students (each with a faculty sponsor) submitted apps to the challenge. Teams submit either a concept with wireframes or an actual functioning app, and are evaluated against criteria noted below and based on how many years of experience they have with programming, from explorer (<1) to apprentice (1-2) to wizard (2+).

  • 43% of entries were technical, meaning they created a functioning app

  • 64% submitted as ‘explorers’, meaning their team had less than a year of programming

  • 40% came from schools outside of the Puget Sound

Finalists

Fifteen (15) finalists were selected based on the following criteria: problem solving & innovation, illustration of idea, feasibility, users and market--and for the technical entries judges also looked at functionality, usability, technical complexity, and code elegance. On June 4th at the University of Washington’s Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering these finalists will showcase their apps in a live exhibition and pitch contest.
Judges from Google, the City of Seattle, and Comcast will select the three top entries (determining first, second and third places) from among these 15, looking for the teams that are the most persuasive/passionate, best able to express the purpose of the app, and have created a high-quality app. Grand prize gift cards will be awarded to the top three teams and all other finalists will receive an Amazon Kindle Fire.

 

2016 Finalists

 

HIGH SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Technical - Apprentice

Tidepool

Garfield HS, Seattle

Tutor Finder

TAF Academy, Federal Way

Technical - Explorer

School Tools

Skyview HS, Vancouver

-Growing Math Adventure

Harrison MS, Sunnyside

 

-M & A

Glover MS, Spokane

 

-Dealz for Realz

TAF Academy, Federal Way

Technical - Wizard

-Opportune

Newport HS, Bellevue

 

-AllHere

Skyview HS, Vancouver

Decisions, Decisions

The Evergreen School, Seattle

General - Apprentice

Carpool School

Tesla STEM HS, Lake Washington

ReMed

Hockinson MS, Hockinson (by Vancouver, WA)

General - Explorer

-FitMe

Garfield HS, Seattle

 

-Hope for the Homeless

Tesla STEM HS, Lake Washington

 

N/A

General - Wizard

N/A

Sleepsync

Jane Addams MS, Seattle

Honorable Mention

Hiking

Spokane Valley Tech, Central Valley

Summaries of Finalist Apps

AllHere

AllHere is a mobile-ready web app to help group or activity leaders track member attendance in a distributed way, decentralizing the work of keeping attendance records.

Carpool School

An app using student social media to connect people together for ride sharing.

Dealz for Realz

Dealz for Realz is an app that compares the prices of different items in grocery stores. The app includes a real time discount section.

Decisions, Decisions

This app helps people make decisions who have a difficult time making decisions.

FitMe

“FitMe” allows an online shopper to view clothing on a personalized avatar. They’re also able to purchase clothing and create an online wardrobe.

Growing Math Adventure

Growing Math Adventure helps users practice math and science all in one app. Users are taken through a series of math problems and shown images of plant life cycles as a reward for solving the problems.

Hiking

People like to hike, but some individuals have trouble finding the ideal trail. Hikers currently use programs like Google maps to find trails. However Google maps does not highlight the trails or provide additional information. This application provides an alternative that allows the user to find trails, make comments,take pictures to share, etc.

Hope for the Homeless

The "Hope For The Homeless" app provides an easy and efficient way for homeless people to find cheap, affordable resources and services. Additionally, any organization that may want to help with the issue of homelessness, or a business or service wanting to attract more customers, can enter information into our app for the users to view.

M&A

This app allows the user to study on their phone or tablet by using quizzes that users create for themselves.

Opportune

Opportune is a platform on which researchers can provide students with intern opportunities. In turn, students can advertise themselves to interested employers or college professors.

ReMed

ReMed is an app that reminds people to take their medication as well as keeping track of all the medication they need to take. A great feature is that emergency personnel can access a patient’s medication list and see what they last took and when.

School Tools

School Tools provides middle and high school students with an organized place to plan for classes, calculate GPA, and track credits.

SleepSync

SleepSync is a convenience app that can set timers and alarms that function in relation to whether the user is asleep or awake. For instance, it can set timers that start when the user falls asleep.

TidePool

TidePool is developing a native android app that will help Pacific Northwest beach-goers quickly identify organisms that they find on the beach. They will ask questions about easily discernible traits, such as organism pigmentation and habitat, which will narrow down a list of possible organism matches so that the user may identify the species they see.

Tutor Finder

Tutor Finder helps match students who need help with available mentors, encouraging cross grade-level support and communication.

Finalists in both the General or Technical category will be invited to present their apps at the Youth Apps Challenge event at the University of Washington on June 4, 2016.

Email apps@technology-alliance.com for any questions.

Youth Apps Teacher Trainings

The Technology Alliance offers free training to educators in an apps-based curriculum, which provides a great entry point for building student interest in computer science. Over 125 educators have been trained in the Youth Apps curriculum, many of whom had no previous technical background. The curriculum and teacher resources can be accessed here.

The Technology Alliance is offering a one-day training for teachers who wish to teach app development to middle and high school students. 

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2016 Sponsors



2015 Youth Apps Challenge

The 2015 Youth Apps Challenge engaged middle and high schools students in a friendly competition that challenged them to develop apps that solved real-world problems. Submissions were accepted online between April 1 and April 10, 2015, and were judged by Ada Developers Academy students. Almost 500 students worked in teams and submitted 154 apps for review. Winners along with their teachers and families were invited to our apps showcase and awards ceremony in either eastern or western Washington.

Eastern Washington:

 

Middle School

Agricultural Job Finder (AJF)

Harrison Middle School

  • Esmeralda Lopez & Cinthia Santiago-Villanueva
  • Teacher: Darla Van Corbach

Bully Report

Harrison Middle School

  • Hollieann Geike & Isabella Verduzco
  • Teacher: Darla Van Corbach

ScorpianZWare

Royal High School

  • Benjamin Corpus, Marcos Espino, Tyler Piercy & Ryan Sandberg
  • Teacher: Scott Sandberg

 

High School

Digital Notes

North Central High School

  • Jared Grady
  • Teacher: Marie Tamura

Mood Food

North Central High School

  • Bri Kosanke & Trevor Wilson
  • Teacher: Marie Tamura

The Neksol Innovation

Kamiakin High School

  • Jordan Blum, Vincent Gizzarelli & Zachary Sylvester
  • Teacher: Doug Reppe

 

Western Washington:

 

Middle School

Black Thunder App Math Whiz

Harrison Middle School - YVTC MESA

Photo credit:  Ashley Genevieve 

Photo credit:  Ashley Genevieve 

  • Diego Benitez, Eduardo Bejar & Jake Gray
  • Teacher: Darla Van Corbach

Descansarians

Hockinson Middle School

  • Morghan Codino,  Seanna Miller, Kylie Veteran & Elle Winn
  • Teacher: Anna-Melissa Lyons

Maximillian Maniacs

Hockinson Middle School

  • Sydney Henwood,  Gabi Morley, Christa Phillips & Emma Royce
  • Teacher: Anna-Melissa Lyons

AppDaptation Evolution App

Open Window School

  • Emma Robinson & Ross Rutherford
  • Teacher: Adrienne Gifford

Hatt Project

Open Window School

Photo credit:  Ashley Genevieve 

Photo credit:  Ashley Genevieve 

  • Eli Beilinson, Anna Bencke, Marcus Huttunen & Ashley Ka
  • Teacher: Adrienne Gifford

Sugar ’n Spice

Open Window School

  • Benjamin Myerson, Ayush Noori, Lizzy Park & Sarah Smale
  • Teacher: Adrienne Gifford

 

High School

Food Roulette

Garfield High School

  • Andrew Burgon, Daelen Gates, Sasha Klezovich, Marshall Smith & Emily Wong
  • Teacher: Earl Bergquist

Text Finder

Garfield High School

  • Rowan Phipps & Tai Warner
  • Teacher: Earl Bergquist

Lego Zebra

Lakeside School

Photo credit:  Ashley Genevieve 

Photo credit:  Ashley Genevieve 

  • Christopher Lee
  • Teacher: Lauren Bricker

Maybach Squad

Mariner High School

  • Alexis Chavez-Franco, Jose Garcia & Ramon Ozuna
  • Teacher: Auliilani De La Cruz

ClubWhat

Newport High School

  • James Park, Billy Wu & Sharon Zhang
  • Teacher: Matthew Johnston

Camping Connections

Nikola Tesla High School

  • Katrine Bjorner, Isaac Perrin, Rachel Ray & Marius Repede
  • Teacher: Melissa Wrenchey

Pen Pal 

Nikola Tesla High School

  • Rafia Khatri, Ann Lee, Gregory Moore, Suchi Sridhar & Mac Thompson
  • Teacher: Melissa Wrenchey

Shaky Security

Nikola Tesla High School

  • Gabriel Gaertner, Calin Gavriliuc, Nicholas Gomez, Artem Romanenko &Tyler Warden
  • Teacher: Melissa Wrenchey