A team of students from Wasatch Jr. High has impressed the nation’s largest wireless telecommunications provider with an app designed to assist new motorists.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge invited middle and high schools to learn about mobile app development and create their own concepts for a potential application.
The Wasatch team’s app concept, titled Study Taxi, aims to help youth who are studying for the state driver’s license test by putting them in a gaming environment. Users control a taxicab with buttons for acceleration, brakes and turning as they navigate Salt Lake City streets. Out of 1,099 entries from across the country only 24 were named Best in Region, including Wasatch Jr. High, which was among six winners in the West division.
Officials from Verizon Wireless presented a check for $5,000 to Wasatch in recognition of the team’s efforts. The money will help support STEM initiatives at the school.