STEM Education at Work: Five Innovative Apps Created by High-Schoolers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-10-05

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers are a vital driver of innovation in our economy. With STEM occupations projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared with just a 9.8 percent growth rate for non-STEM occupations, it's becoming even more important for schools to provide students with the classes, teachers, funding and resources they need to gain the skills necessary to access opportunities in fields like computer science and engineering. As part of a growing national effort to improve accessibility to STEM education, schools are turning to outside partners for help. In response, last year Lenovo and NAF welcomed 10 schools and more than 400 students into the Lenovo Scholar Network, a program aimed at bringing a robust mobile app development curriculum and delivery program to students at underserved high schools across the U.S. With their newly acquired STEM skills, the support of their teachers and advisers, and access to Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and Yoga tablets, students participated in locally held competitions and submitted 20 mobile apps for the Lenovo Scholar Network's national app development competition, several of which are available to the public on the Google App store. The national competition enables the student groups to not only design and develop a mobile app, but also to develop a business plan to take the app to market. This slide show takes a look at some of them.


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