Stem Skill-Building Starts Locally
Lakeridge Junior High School students prepare for mobile app contest using Tablet computers donated by a local business.
OREM, UT. – May 6, 2014 – InfoTrax Systems created a technology competition in partnership with Lakeridge Junior High School in Alpine School District that they hope will be the beginning of an enduring program to help prepare students for careers in the expanding technology industry in Utah.
The Lakeridge Technology Program includes a contest that encourages students to be innovators. Mark Rawlins, CEO of InfoTrax Systems, commented, “Students built a real Android mobile application and undertook all elements of planning, designing, coding, and project management. They also developed a basic marketing strategy for their app. We wanted to show that there are many career opportunities in IT. Students have gained experience using a real software development tool – a valuable skill for them outside of the classroom.”
Over 100 parents came to the kickoff meeting. Why? Because InfoTrax provided over $9,000 worth of Samsung Galaxy 3 tablets, one for each student to use for developing their application. If a team of students completes their project, each student on the team will keep their Galaxy device as a reward.
Lakeridge teacher Chad Asay is heading the program in the school. “This program is a great example of a corporate and education partnership. It has been well received by parents with 55 students participating in the program,” says Asay.
In addition to InfoTrax involvement, Dr. Tom Meservy and students from Brigham Young University’s Information Systems Association have served as mentors to the students.
On May 12th, each team will present their project to a panel of judges including Rawlins, Lakeridge Principal Kathy Knudsen, Val Hale from the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce and Taran Chun, Mountain View High School Principal. Members of the winning teams will be awarded Best Buy gift certificates in addition to keeping the devices they were provided. InfoTrax Systems hopes a couple of the students will join them as interns at the company this summer.
To read more about the partnership with Lakeridge Junior High, please visit here.
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