Manchester Students Design an App for That, Win Best of State

While most teenagers are busy blowing through data on their family cell phone plan, a group of Manchester sixth graders are hoping for the chance to bring an app they designed to life. The group of Westwood Middle School students created “Calorie Catcher,” an app designed to help monitor what you eat. Lisa Bunde, a sixth-grade science teacher at Westwood Middle, met with students after school between Thanksgiving and winter break to help create the concept. The group entered their design in the second annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Now, as the reigning Tennessee middle school winners, their app is competing for the regional title.

“Calorie Catcher” will compete with eight other apps from the southern region; judges will select three apps to move to the next round. Regional winners will receive a $5,000 grant to enhance the STEM program at their school, access to virtual training on how to build their app, and the chance to compete in the national competition.

Congratulations to the sixth-grade team at Westwood Middle: Eden Hunt, Brooke Sanders, Andres Cavalie, Bo Sain, and Samuel Workman. The team will find out on Tuesday, Feb. 4 if they are moving on to compete nationally. Fingers crossed!

National winners will receive additional virtual and in-person training from the Verizon Foundation to help turn their app design into reality and a $15,000 STEM grant for their school. You can read more about the Verizon Innovative App Challenge on their website and see a complete list of winners from each state.

Another group of Westwood Middle students also submitted an app design called “Fun with Food.” You can watch their application video here.