Samsung Telecommunications America has created an event for high school juniors and seniors interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics research called Samsung Mobile App Academies. The event is hosted in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York City and San Francisco.
The two-day academies include access to leaders in the mobile technology and application development field as well as web entrepreneurs, allowing selected students to learn first-hand about the latest developments in mobile technology. Students use the Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 tablet as a tool for researching the digital landscape and exploring the latest trends in the mobile application industry.
Participants are able to submit their own mobile application proposal for the chance to win a $20,000 grand prize in scholarships and have their winning app considered by Samsung’s developers group. The 2nd and 3rd place winners receive $10,000 and $5,000 in scholarships respectively, and all winners, including 4th and 5th place, receive the new Samsung Galaxy S® 4 smartphone.
Samsung also hosts a one-day Samsung Mobile Application Teacher Workshop at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas to help educators learn to integrate STEM-related activities into the classroom in a more interactive, technically savvy learning environment. All Samsung Mobile Application Teacher Workshop attendees receive a Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 tablet and may be eligible to receive Continuing Professional Education credits.
In a world where 800,000 apps exist on the Android operating system alone, STEM-focused students can use tools learned at Samsung Mobile App Academies to create apps that are interesting and culturally relevant to them and their communities.