Build an App STEAM Challenge (full activity - no prep)

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Did you know that companies like Verizon Wireless are giving students and schools thousands of dollars in prizes for student Phone App ideas? Getting students to understand how to come up with ideas for intellectual property like phone apps is the best way to get students to learn creative thinking, collaboration, and leadership skills because the 21st Century Learner has to be prepared for jobs that don't even exist yet.

The purpose of this project is to get the students to connect the engineering design process with mobile app development. This is a minilesson, work period activity, and closing activity all rolled into one that will be the ultimate integrative lesson that will include Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and Entrepreneurship. Students do not need to know how to code to do this project.

To do this project effectively, the students will need to start in class, and work on the remaining components at home over a 4 week time frame, so this would be a great end of the year activity or activity that will prepare students to participate in the annual Verizon Innovate App Challenge.

Standards Addressed in this lesson:

ELACC9-10SL1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

ELACC9-10SL2: Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

ELACC9-10SL4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence early, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task

Standard: Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.
1.1 Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, listening, reading, and interpersonal abilities.

1.2 Demonstrate creativity by asking challenging questions and applying innovative procedures and methods. Teamwork

1.4 Model work readiness traits required for success in the workplace including integrity, honesty, accountability, punctuality, time management, and respect for diversity.

1.5 Apply the appropriate skill sets to be productive in a changing, technological, diverse workplace to be able to work independently and apply team work skills.

1.6 Present a professional image through appearance, behavior and language.

Demonstrate the application of STEM in the real world.

9.1 Summarize and differentiate the uses of engineering and various technologies for STEM fields such as Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Biotechnology, Energy and Power, Information and Communication, Automation and Robotics, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Construction.

Students explore how related career and technology student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses. Students will develop leadership, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills through participation in co-curricular activities associated with the Technology Student Association.
10.5 Demonstrate teamwork, leadership, interpersonal relations, and project management.
10.6 Through teamwork, apply the skills and abilities in requirements analysis and configuration control while working with plans, processes, and projects as assigned.
10.7 Through teamwork, use the skills required in project management to track and assess the progress of a plan, process, or project as assigned.

10.8 Through teamwork, apply the skills in quality assurance as well as those in process management and development for appropriate applications of systems integration techniques to an assigned project
10.9 Effectively use project management techniques (e.g., teamwork, appropriate time management practices, effective organizational skills, conduct analysis of cost, resources, and production capacity, and quality practices with continuous improvement).
10.10Understand and demonstrate proper work ethics when working with plans, processes, and projects as assigned.

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Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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