Many students just show up. They make an appearance. Few make a difference. There is a group of students from Kasson-Mantorville Middle School that have done just that. They have gone above the cramming for a good grade or writing an essay to gain the praise of their peers and teachers. They have created something that will save lives.
Not in virtual reality. Not in a video scenario. Not in a theoretic situation. Taryn Orser, Emma Brookman, Andrea Richard, Claire Turner, and Hailey Ray are five students that have invented an app that will be a lifeline to teens who have gotten involved in sex trafficking and can not find a way out.
The app, although already a local award winner, has a chance to gain national notoriety as it is entered into the national competition for app creation. But let’s back up the truck a bit and explain what an “app” is and what it does. Sometimes tech terms are thrown about without an explanation and forgotten are the generations that are still trying to catch up on both the terminology and the application.
In January 2011, the American Dialect Society penned “app” the word of the year for 2010. That means it carries great weight and has become very popular. We hear it spoken so often and even drop the term to sound as if we know all about it. In this world words are shortened for ease or perhaps because people are either trendy or lazy – this word is no different. App is a noun and it is short for “application.” In the case of the app we are talking about today, it is a software application.
It is designed to perform a specific function directly for the user or, in some cases, for another application program. Simply stated, it does the legwork you need to get somewhere, do something, find something or someone, or perhaps to understand something. In the case of these very savvy students, they have created a lifeline back to