AWARDS

Best in State Team Prizes: One middle school team and one high school team chosen as the Best in State winners from each state with eligible team submissions Each Best in State team winner shall be awarded:

  • “Best in State” certificates.
  • Access to a self-guided app development course.
  • An invitation to participate in a virtual Verizon Foundation STEM event.
  • Links on the Verizon Foundation websites: verizonfoundation.org and/or Thinkfinity.org.
  • Eligiblity to be chosen as a Best in Region Team Winner. Each Best in State team’s school shall receive a “Best in State” plaque.

Best in Region Team Prizes: The Best in State team winners shall compete to become a Best in Region team winner. There are a total of twenty-four (24) Best in Region team winners. There will be three (3) middle school teams and three (3) high school teams named as Best in Region from each of the four (4) regions- west, mid-west, south and northeast where the Verizon Foundation operates. Each Best in Region team winner shall be awarded:

  • A $5,000 grant to enhance STEM education at their school.
  • “Best in Region” certificates.
  • Access to virtual training in how to build out their app concept.
  • The opportunity to present their app concept during an online webinar, to be chosen   as a Best in Nation Team Winner.
  • Links on the Verizon Foundation websites: verizonfoundation.org and/or Thinkfinity.org.

Best in Nation Team Prizes: The Best in Region team winners shall compete to become a Best in Nation team winner. There shall be 8 Best in Nation team winners, one (1) Middle School Team and one (1) High School Team from each of the Verizon Areas. Each Best in Nation team winner shall be awarded:

  • A $15,000 grant to build the app from their winning design and to enhance STEM    education at their school.
  • “Best in Nation” certificates.
  • In-person and virtual training and support from Verizon Foundation partners to assist   the team to build their app
  • Each student and faculty advisor from the eight (8) Best in Nation team winners       shall receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab.
  • The eight (8) Best in Nation team winners that develop and bring their app to life by June 1, 2014 will receive complimentary conference registration, travel and two night’s lodging for two team representatives and an adult chaperone to attend the 2014 National Technology Student Association Conference in Washington DC in June where they will present their winning app.

Additionally, Verizon Foundation shall showcase the Best in Nation team winners on the Verizon Foundation websites, verizonfoundation.org and/or Thinkfinity.org, and in other communication about the Contest.

Recognition App Concept Winners: Participating teams shall also be eligible to be named one of the following category winners based on the below criteria:

  • Best Education App Concept Team Winner- Winning is based on the App Concept that most supports education and increases the understanding of STEM and/or provides immediate feedback to students.
  • Best Energy App Concept Team Winner- Winning is based on the App Concept that most supports energy management and instructs users on responsible energy use or helps users track energy usage.
  • Best Healthcare App Concept Team Winner- Winning is based on the App Concept that most supports healthcare and allows patients to manage their chronic diseases or helps patients identify and remove barriers to quality healthcare.

 

*The grant money should be used to:

  • Support teams as they build their apps for the Android platform from their winning designs and bring them to the marketplace.
  • Further STEM education at the school, e.g., enhancing existing STEM education programming, introducing new STEM education programming; co-curricular STEM activities for students; professional development for educators. Funds may not be used to purchase hardware or devices.
  • Winning teams will be required to document how the funds are spent.