Lenovo Scholar Network Shapes the App Inventors of Tomorrow

Guest blog by Jason Mooneyham, vice president of Public Sector, Lenovo

Lenovo has teamed up with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to prepare the next generation of app developers. They just happen to be in high school.

The NAF network of career academies expand the boundaries of the traditional classroom to offer high schools and businesses a proven and sustainable model for working together, preparing high school students for college and career success in the booming science, technology engineering and math (STEM) industries.  In partnership with NAF and MIT Media Lab, we launched the Lenovo Scholar Network, a program designed to enable the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs through a rich application development curriculum and creation of apps on Lenovo’s PCs and tablets. Ten NAF academies from across the country were selected to participate, and today, we announced our five winning students groups who competed in a year-long mobile app development contest.

Lenovo Scholar Network students at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design in Hartford, CT, used ThinkPad laptops and YOGA tablets to code, develop and test their mobile apps.

So what has this experience taught these students?

We spoke with some of our brightest Lenovo Scholar Network students to see what piqued their interest in STEM and what they have learned through the mobile app development curriculum. Here are a few of our favorite excerpts from our student reflections:

“I've learned that in order to be successful, there is going to be a lot of trial and error. You are not always going to get the results you want after the first try. This experience has impacted my career path because I never thought of going into the technology field that wasn't digital media. I’m more open-minded and strongly consider programming as a career,” said Tiyah Thompson, student at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design in Hartford, CT.

“I learned that with just one simple tool you can create amazing things. The Lenovo Scholar Network experience has made me realize that our world is dependent on technology, and with good use, we can do great things for our community,” said Skarleth Maradiaga, student at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte, NC.

“The Lenovo Scholar Network experience has really helped me advance in my learning. This opportunity has helped me progress in my class and provided an extremely beneficial experience that will give me an edge in the competitive job market later in life,” said Christopher King, Timber Creek High School Academy of Information Technology in Orlando, FL.

To learn more about each student group’s app, visit the Lenovo Scholar Network submission page. Public voting is also now open to select the Lenovo Scholar Network Fan Favorite from the five winning groups announced today. To vote, visit www.lenovoscholars.com.