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).