Cheney Middle School in West Fargo is one of eight total winners in the second Annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge. They were named "best in nation."
The five student member team created the concept of an app called "Snap Doc". This app would convert hard copy text documents into digital document that then could be easily edited using mobile devices. In March the students will focus on developing their app concept into an actual app. They will work with M.I.T. app inventor and learn coding.
The group had about two monthes to work on this project, they had to submit a video and essay. The group wasn't always sure they were going to win the challenge.
"I wasn't 100 percent sure but I had a feeling that we were going to win, because when I thought of this and it took a while, I thought so many ways we can use this, students can use it, adults can use it." said Joram Stifh, one of the group members.
Another member Seralyn Blake said "I thought we would win best in state but not best in nation."
The group advisor Toni Stifh said all she did was help them brainstorm their ideas, help them meet with a company that know technology in town to see if their idea was even realistic app.
"I'm pretty exicited because I want these guys to go on to coding and go to national Techology Student Association conference, I just want doors to open for them." Toni Stifh said.
In additional to their app becoming a reality, they also each won tablets and earned their school $20,000 grant to help advance science, technology, engineering and math or STEM.