Liberty Middle School Verizon App Challenge

Six sixth graders from Liberty Middle School developed a mobile app for doing homework that took home “Best in State” for the annual Verizon App Challenge.

Taylor Bjerke, Chase Hapka, Devon Johnson, Ava Stockstad, Maren Thurn and Jaden Novak are all classmates in Gretchen Peterson’s math class. They thought of the idea for their app when they realized a need for homework to be accessible online.

“We saw that students who didn’t have access to homework online didn’t finish on time,” the students said at 1 Million Cups Fargo, Jan. 27.

With the help of an engineer, the students developed their mobile app, called S.P.E.D.T (Special Education Tickets). The app not only allows students to readily access homework from their mobile phone, but also provides incentives for students to get it done on time.

“Students can log in, access homework, and earn tickets for completed homework,” the students said. “The tickets can be used to get prizes like pencils, candy, computer time, or other things decided by the teacher.”

Here’s their video:

As ‘Best in State’, the students won $5,000 for their school and a Samsung Galaxy tablet for each team member. Now, they’re going for the national Fan Favorite win, which will get the school $15,000 and and a chance for the team to work with MIT Media Lab experts and get their app on Google Play.

Text SPEDT1 to 22333 to vote for S.P.E.D.T.

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Marisa Jackels