BranchOut! Innovator is a project-based program designed for students to use their creativity and technical skills to create meaningful change in their communities. Working in teams, students in developers, curriculum design, and marketing will create a mobile application for the Standards of Learning (SOL) test preparation called SOLve.
The SOL is a standardized yearly test that all students in grades 3-12 take in Virginia. The commonwealth uses this to measure the growth of students based on an expectation of learning and achievement in grades K-12. These standards are tested on English, Math, Science, Social Science, Foreign language, Technology and Fine Arts. However, we expect this app to be able to adhere to the education standards of multiple states.
SOLve currently has various topics ranging from math to English, covering grades 3-12. The application functions by simulating similar questions and features that are seen in a normal SOL. It also includes a reward feature that is meant to encourage students after they complete a task.
In the 2020-21 school year, we plan on expanding beyond mathematics, and into social studies and science. Other features we are looking to add include the following: user feedback, (other features).
Bring an application to life through code with your programming knowledge. Developers will work collaboratively on the technical aspect of the app to create a final product that can enhance student learning experiences. The app will have attention grabbing points to effectively engage and encourage students to continue interacting with the app activities.
Design engaging curriculum for the app that aligns with SOL test standards. Curriculum designers will formulate course outlines via writing questions, lessons, and other content that will enable students to successfully learn material and better prepare for the SOL.
Help increase the app's positive impact through reaching a larger audience. They will promote the app to reach as many eyes as possible. Those on the marketing team will devise strategies to "branch out" with the app and expand its user base through social media, contacting officials, and other means.