App Challenge

A half dozen creative students in Foothill's AP computer science class developed an award-winning phone application (app), bringing them top honors at a recently regional competition.

Ahad Rauf, Raymond Gu, Jonathan Tan, John Sha, Jimmy Kim and Emiko Tsutsumi came up with the app they call PhysiWorld.

"An understanding of physics is greatly beneficial in comprehending all STEM fields, from chemistry to mathematics, and PhysiWorld is meant to facilitate this path," the students wrote in their proposal.

In addition to their written proposal, the students, all juniors, had to submit a video that explains their proposal.

Students from all over the state and nation took part in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The challenge for each team was to develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community."

The Foothill students' proposal was chosen from more than 1,000 proposals as one of the best in California and then was selected as the best in their region.

The team faced a grueling 15-minute interview with the hopes of advancing to the national competition, but they did not make it past that final hurdle.

"I was extremely proud of their hard work and determination through all steps in this process," teacher Shannon Sos said.

The  $5,000 the students won may be used for professional development and training or science, technology, engineering or math equipment beyond basic computers and software.

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015