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Verizon Launches Second Annual Innovative App Challenge

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This year, Verizon Wireless is giving students another opportunity to put their creative caps on and create an app that helps solves real-world problems.

Maya Priebe is one of eight students from Sacajawea Middle School who won the state competition for the Verizon Wireless Innovative App Challenge. They created an app on Surviving A Natural Disaster.

The app allows people to know where safety is and what to do if there is ever a natural disaster in their community. The students had to write a 1,000 word essay and create a two-minute video describing the app.

"It was a lot more difficult than we thought because we thought it was just an essay and video, but it took us longer than we expected it too," said Priebe.

But, she says the project wasn't easy to complete.

"It was hard making sure everybody got to say what they wanted to," said Priebe.

The students teacher, Chris Ottey said it was a great opportunity for his students to use what they were learning in class and apply it to new technology.

"I think they learned foremost how to work together, collaboratively and how to come up with good ideas and narrow it down to one good idea that they can pursue," said Ottey.

He said it was a way for them to see technology in another way.

"When they're put on designing technology that's meaningful. It helps them to see that it's not just a game, it's something that can be meaningful to help our lives be more full," said Ottey.

Priebe said she is thinking about doing the competition again this year because it was a lot of fun and the hard work paid off.

The competition is currently open for students to participate in. For full details and how to enter, click here. Deadline is December 3.

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