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Harwood students create a cell phone app

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Vermont students have a shot at winning $20,000 for their school. It's part of Verizon's Innovative Learning App Challenge.

Harwood Union students are among those participating in the challenge. "They have to work together. They have to problem solve. There's critical thinking," said Meagan Dorsch, a challenge coordinator.

The goal -- to create an app that would solve everyday problems. Students create an idea, write an essay, and then create a video highlighting its purpose. "Every year, these ideas get better and better because these kids really are digital natives. So the ideas that they're coming up with, it's very natural for them to think about how technology can solve for a problem," Dorsch said.

Verizon picks their favorite app proposal from middle and high schools in each state. If they win, students get a tablet, and schools score $5,000 and a plaque. They also get a chance at nationals, and an additional $15,000.

STEM classes at Harwood are led by Ryan Bushey. "It's all on them. I just tell them, here's your challenge -- go," Bushey said.

He says students this year are pitching an app that would help hikers identify things on the trail.  "Their app idea is to be able to utilize the GPS on the phone, and the camera ability of the phone to take pictures of flora and fauna and post them up to a central location," Bushey said.

They have until November 18th to bring their proposal to life.

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