Samsung Expands Commitment to STEM Education with Six Student Mobile App
Academies and Offers Free Mobile App Workshop for Educators
$35,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Winning Mobile Application Ideas;
Teachers Learn Skills to Increase Knowledge of Mobile Application Development
and Receive Continuing Professional Education Credits
DALLAS -- June 25, 2013
In an effort to further encourage education in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) among America’s youth, Samsung
Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) will offer high school students in
six cities across the country the opportunity to participate in Samsung Mobile
App Academies. In its second year, the two-day mobile application academies
are free for eligible 11^th and 12^th graders interested in STEM, and will
award $35,000 in scholarships for the students who create winning App ideas.
The Mobile App Academies will be hosted in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas,
New York City and San Francisco beginning June 26.
With more than 800,000 apps available on the Android operating system and 1.7
million apps worldwide, mobile app development is one of the hottest trends in
the wireless industry. The academies will expose students to the growing
social and educational possibilities of mobile application development and
give them the opportunity to create apps that are interesting and culturally
relevant to them and their communities.
During the two-day event, students will have access to thought leaders in
mobile technology and application development as well as web entrepreneurs so
they can learn first-hand about the latest developments in mobile technology.
Students will use the Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 tablet as their portal to the
program curriculum and tool for researching the digital landscape and
exploring the latest trends in the mobile application industry.
Participants willbe able to submit their own mobile application concept
proposal for a chance to win a grand prize of $20,000 in scholarships; 2nd and
3rd place winners will receive $10,000 and $5,000 in scholarships.All
winners, plus one 4^th and one 5^th place winner, will receive the new Samsung
Galaxy S^® 4 smartphone. Additionally, Samsung is collaborating with its
developers group to explore building the student’s winning app.
To bring the Samsung Mobile App Academies into the classroom, Samsung will
also introduce a one-day Samsung Mobile Application Teacher Workshop hosted at
the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. The free workshop will guide
educators through a series of STEM related activities and lesson plans to
further transform their classrooms into more interactive, technically savvy
learning environments. Through lessons that connect with the Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state standards, educators will increase their own
mobile application knowledge, learn about new emerging software platforms and
potential careers for students in the mobile device and applications
marketplace. All Samsung Mobile Application Teacher Workshop attendees will
receive a Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 tablet and may be eligible to receive
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
“Samsung Mobile App Academies aim to positively influence and inspire the next
generation of mobile application developers,” said Dale Sohn, president of
Samsung Telecommunications America. “By expanding our program to six cities
nationwide, we have the opportunity to further connect with and further
empower top performing high school students interested in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics. The new Samsung Mobile Application Teacher
Workshop gives educators a robust understanding of mobile application
development and fuels information sharing with other STEM stakeholders in the
Samsung Mobile App Academies will be held at the following locations:
June 26–27: San Francisco, CA, University of California, Berkeley (UC
July 10–11: Atlanta, GA, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
July 17–18: Chicago, IL, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
July 24–25: Boston, MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
July 30–31: Dallas, TX, University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas)
August 7–8: New York City, NY, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Samsung Mobile Application Teacher Workshop will be held at the following
August 1: Dallas, TX, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Samsung collaborated with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing,
education and media company, to develop the program curriculum for the Mobile
App Academy as well as online resources for teachers interested in
spearheading mobile application courses throughout the school year.
In 2012, Samsung launched its first-ever Samsung Mobile App Academy (formerly
known as Samsung Mobile Application Boot Camp). More than 120 high school
students participated in the program and $35,000 in scholarships were awarded
to the top three winners. The grand prize winner Joseph Romano, a 10^th grader
at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA, received a $20,000 scholarship for
his Better4All volunteer application. Romano’s mobile application is a
crowd-sourced service, which allows users within a specific region to report
and respond to volunteer opportunities within three main categories: road
hazards, off-road issues and volunteer positions.
For more information about the Samsung Mobile App Academies program, please
About Samsung Telecommunications America
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subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets
wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications
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