For Students

Love technology? Here is a chance to put your passion to a purpose and win a scholarship along the way! The Maine App Challenge is an incredible opportunity for Maine middle school and high school students who are 13 years of age and older to create a mobile application with a chance to win a scholarship and other valuable rewards. There are three scholarships available for the top mobile apps: $6,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

Other awards include:

  • $500 to the high school with the highest participation
  • Oculus VR Headsets to the top 20 submissions
  • A guaranteed internship interview for the top 10 submissions following his/her college sophomore year

Your submission will remain YOUR property. We encourage you to further develop your skills to eventually bring your app to the market! In addition to all the great prizes, creating an app is a substantial and significant way to build your resume and college application. You will be impressed with what you can accomplish and create!

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Check out the video below to see all of the wonderful apps from this year's challenge!

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Let's Get Started!

We’ve made creating a mobile application easier! Check out training videos on App Lab and the MIT App Inventor 2 below – these two easy-to-use environments will help you in development.

Mobile apps generally fall into any combination of these three categories:

  • Informational — Provides levels of specific information in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
  • Utility — Provides a service to the user based on a real-world need or scope of needs.
  • Game — Entertains the user while providing some sort of competition.

Using App Lab

App Lab is a programming environment by that you can use to make mobile apps. It allows you to build applications using drag and drop code blocks or to code directly in JavaScript. Their website has instructional videos and sample applications. Get started with App Lab.

Using MIT App Inventor 2

MIT App Inventor 2 is a very useful tool that puts you on the express train to building your first mobile app. Its drag and drop interface that allows you to arrange elements such as screens, buttons, text and more. You can then control those elements using logical “blocks” rather than direct code syntax. MIT App Inventor 2 also comes with its own Android emulator, so you can test the app from your computer rather than loading it on a mobile device.

Tyler’s Tic-Tac-Toe Game

As a demonstration, Tyler developed a simple Tic-Tac-Toe game for the purpose of exploring and learning how to use MIT App Inventor 2.

To get started, download MIT App Inventor 2, the sample project, and watch the demonstration video to get started using the MIT App Inventor 2.

What is STEAM?

Jobs in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) are lucrative; yet, only 20 percent of U.S. high school graduates are prepared for college-level coursework in these majors. In fact, fewer than half of the schools in the U.S. offer computer science classes – and in Maine, the only requirement to being a computer science teacher is to have a Maine State teacher certificate. That’s why it is so important for everyone in Maine, not just educators, to work together to provide all students with an introduction to STEAM through programs like the Maine App Challenge.

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