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News - December 13, 2013

Harvest Park students nab global championship

Their app helps students learn chemistry basics

by Glenn Wohltmann

Two Harvest Park Middle School students are already at the top of their game.

Shreyas Krishnaswamy and Nishanth Narayan have been named global champions in the game design category of Microsoft's World Series of Innovation contest.

The two are students in Don Murphy's Project Lead The Way Engineering/Technology class. They designed a winning smart phone app called "The Missing 118" to help students learn the basics of chemistry in an engaging game-like environment.

"Both Shreyas and Nishanth did a great job following the technical design process for the project that included brainstorming, user process flows and screen shots," Murphy said. "Their effort was evident in the quality of the final product. In addition, they did a great job at articulating the value of their idea in writing for the contest judges."

The two took home prizes that included $2000 in cash, a Microsoft suite of software and a mobile device. Harvest Park will get $500 for its PLTW class, and Shreyas and Nishanth may have the opportunity to work directly with Microsoft developers to put their app into production.

"We are extremely proud of Shreyas and Nishanth for being innovative, working together and communicating the value of their design to others globally," said Pleasanton School Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi. "These are all skills that will be required of these students as they attend college and join the workforce. I would also like to applaud Mr. Murphy and Harvest Park for creating a learning environment that encourages and supports this kind of innovation and creativity."

The 2013 World Series of Innovation contest brought in entries from students in nine countries.


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