Northwoods Student to be Honored in D.C. For Development of Smartphone App
A Chequamegon High School sophomore student has landed herself a trip to Washington D.C. this weekend to present her newly developed smart phone app to people from around the country. Called “Communications 2,” the app was the winner of the national Congressional App Challenge and is designed to benefit and improve communication skills for autistic kids. Student and app developer Jenna Marose says the app was created in honor and support of her childhood friend and other autistic kids.
“…when I was in elementary school my best friend was autistic and he was very good with technology, so I thought that I could help him in some way to communicate.”
Marose says the app was created in lieu of a class project. STEAM or science, technology, engineering, art and math, challenges kids to develop and implement ideas based on their interests. She says rather than verbalizing their needs, kids can use pictures on the app to communicate.
Marose is flying to Washington D.C. Sunday to present her app on Monday. A Go fund me account is available to relieve trip expenses.