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VIDEO: Students Challenged to Create Mobile Application for Gilbert Fire & Rescue

Post Date:02/03/2014 5:18 PM

SPARK2014LaunchGilbert, Ariz. - More than 200 Arizona high school students are being challenged to create a new mobile application for Gilbert Fire and Rescue.  The second annual Schools Participate in App Resources and Knowledge (SPARK) App League launched on Friday, January 31, at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus, where students from across the state learned how to develop a mobile application from design and visualization to data implementation.

"The biggest difference from this year’s SPARK is the sheer number of students,” said Gilbert Town Manager Patrick Banger. “The fact that we've moved beyond the greater Phoenix region into the entire state of Arizona.”

In its second year, SPARK App League has tripled participation to include students from as far as Tucson. The competition encourages students with all skill levels to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and is also focused on attracting more girls to the program.

"The goal of SPARK App League is to spark student interest in STEM technologies at a young age so they can begin to explore potential careers for their future in these fields," Banger said.

Diviya Rajech, a female student from Basis Tucson North, explains what she enjoys most about mobile application development.

"My favorite part is definitely the artistic creative part of it, of creating the design and the different elements of shapes and coloring and combining them to create an app that's both visually appealing as well as informationally accurate," she said.

From the launch event, students will now work in teams of 2-5 members to build Gilbert Fire and Rescue’s new mobile application. Prizes will be given to the apps with the Best Code Implementation, Design and Usability, and the grand prize will be given to the Best Overall App, which will be featured on Gilbert’s App Store for residents to download.

Registration for the SPARK App League Competition is open until February 14. All high school students are welcome to participate. Visit www.sparkappleague.com for more information or to register.

About SPARK App League:
In the first contest of its kind, Schools Participate in App Resources and Knowledge (SPARK) App League is a high school mobile application development contest encouraging science and technology in schools and transparency in government. Students are encouraged to use public information from the Town of Gilbert, Arizona to create applications for a variety of uses.  SPARK App League is a partnership between the Town of Gilbert, Arizona State University's College of Technology and Innovation and Intel. Visit www.sparkappleague.com or follow @SPARKAppLeague on Twitter for more information.

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