Lenovo Scholar Network Program Coming To Dallas ISD

On December 16, 2020, the Dallas Independent School District announced that South Oak Cliff NAF Academies, as well as North Dallas’ high schools, will have the option to participate in the Lenovo Scholar Network Program and Lenovo Challenge, which will give them the necessary skills to produce their own apps and deliver it to the market.

The students that participate in the program will be battling in project-based competitions, with a focus on the design and development of a mobile app, not unlike a mobile app development company, while also formulating a business plan to ensure that the app enters the market properly.

The Dallas ISD schools will be taking part in the Lenovo Scholar Network Program for 2020 – 2021, which will be the program’s seventh year.

South Oak Cliff Academy of Engineering Lead Teacher Mrs. Patin issued a statement on the matter, saying that the chance to take part in the Lenovo Challenge is a great thing for their students, as it’s a chance for them to be a part of innovation that can contribute greatly to society. She says that their 10th and 11th-grade students are learning programming skills, picking up algorithmic thinking and problem-solving in order to make something abstract into reality.

The Lenovo Scholar Network will include NAF students from different fields, more than just programming, like engineering, health sciences, information technology, hospitality and tourism, and others.

Thanks to this new partnership, the NAF has managed to create a course extension project via the Media Lab App Inventor development tool, from MIT. On top of that, MIT will also provide additional support, like training modules and professional development opportunities.

The 2021 school year, as a result of COVID-19, had a bit of a rocky start, forcing the NAF, Lenovo, and MIT to make adjustments, to ensure that all of the students and teachers are properly support and the program is as useful and educating as possible, even despite the issues with the pandemic.

Notably, academies that have been or are part of the Lenovo Scholar Network have reported increased interest and enrolment in programming courses, on top of boosting support and awareness and providing their apps with local leadership as well as many a mobile app development company and business partner.


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