Your vote can help Jerome kids win $15,000


Best in State Award

A group of Jerome Middle School students have a chance to win a $15,000 grant — but they need votes to do it. The after-school club Rockstar Coders won a $5,000 grant after being named Best in State winners for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The club is now eligible to win the bigger prize.

“This is a huge opportunity for the school because there is no extra money in the budget for great learning tools such as robots,” said Nicole Waitley, a math teacher at Jerome Middle School. “I am hoping to purchase Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots — students can create and command their own robots using code.”

The app ‘Safety is My Middle Name’ will provide photos and information through GPS about plant life, animal life and terrain. The app provides information about the surrounding area and how to survive or get back to the safety of a highway, city or civilization.

“This app will help you, your loved ones and friends survive in any environment,” Waitley said.

The students are hoping to win the Fan Favorite Award, which is given to the team with the most votes via text. That award comes with an extra $15,000 and a chance for the winning team to work with experts from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create the app.


Vote for Jerome Middle School:

  1. Text SAFETY2 to 22333 to vote.
  2. You can vote once until January 31.



Andrew Reed

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