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Washington teens show off their techie side

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Yesterday the winners of the, Western Washington version, inaugural Technology Alliance's Youth Apps Challenge were announced at the Paul G. Allen center for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Some of the awarding winning apps included; a racing game with a realistic physics engine, a hearing aid, an app to help keep track of homework & assignments and an app for people that need rescuing and emergency help.

“The Youth Apps Challenge was a fantastic introduction to mobile app development for my Computer Science students,” said Josh Caldwell, Computer Apps, Computer Science, and Robotics teacher at Timbercrest Junior High. “Not only did they find working with mobile app development engaging, they really embraced the thrill of a challenge that could get their efforts recognized by industry professionals. After seeing two groups from our class win awards, my students are even more excited about upping their game next year.”

Just over 300 high school and middle school students participated in the event that stretches across the state. The students then competed in general and technical categories to show off their original apps and presented a pitch and demo video. A panel of expert then judge the apps to pick the finalist that where then invited to go to the Youth Apps Challenge award ceremonies held eastern and western Washington.

The competition is the latest of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) challenges sponsored by the Technology Alliance to help develop our future technicians.

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