Open Window School Students Interviewed by Bellevue Reporter




This has been an exciting year for a group of former 7th graders, now 8th graders, as they will be the "seniors" on campus in the fall. After winning a nationwide challenge put on by Verizon to develop a concept for an app that could make a difference in their community, they had the opportunity to develop and market the app in the Google Play Store. HikeAbout is now available for download here.

In addition to receiving recognition for their accomplishment in Washington, D.C. with other winning teams at the 2014 National Technology Student Association Conference in June, and getting spotlight attention on KOMO4 News this spring, the Bellevue Reporter reached out for an interview with a few members of the app team this summer. You can read the article here

As part of the win, Open Window School received a check from Verizon for $20,000, which is being used to develop a makerspace in the middle school that will further encourage innovative ideas.

The team built their Hike About App this spring with the support and guidance of their Advanced Technology teacher, Adrienne Gifford, and Yu-Chang Hsu, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University. 


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