​Philadelphia Students Design App for Safe Walk to School

​Philadelphia Students Design App for Safe Walk to School

WALK TO REMEMBER: Increasingly, students are using technology within the classroom. But these students at Academy at Palumbo have resourcefully used technology to get to the classroom, reports Co.Exist.

At Palumbo, a magnet public high school which primarily serves low-income neighborhoods in South Philadelphia, muggings and attacks are frequent, often occurring on the way to school. This spring, algebra and physics teachers Susan Lee and Klint Kanopka helped a group of students design an app that maps out the safest walking routes, evaluating streets based on recent crime data within ten blocks of the high school.

The project was one of five winners of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which awards technology products to schools that foster STEM fields among students. With their winnings, the equivalent of $140,000 of electronics, Palumbo now has the resources to offer technology tools to their students--and soon, a way for them to get there more safely.

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