Desks in a classroom.

High school isn’t just home to history classes, debate clubs, and athletics anymore – it’s also a new breeding ground for mobile innovation.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, between 2010 and 2020, jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields will grow by 14%. Moreover, career opportunities in the systems software development sector will increase by over 32%.

In light of these facts, many high schools across the country are encouraging students with projects and educational experiences designed to prepare them for an increasingly STEM-driven economy. In particular, many students are building mobile apps to gain valuable insights into the world of programming and digital design. Here are a few of the most impressive apps built by these tech-savvy teens:

Sukario Kids

1953 Dodge ambulance.

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According to a recent article in eWeek, participants in the Lenovo Scholars Network‘s mobile app development curriculum for high schoolers have created some seriously impressive apps. Sukario Kids was designed by students from Phillip O. Berry Academy of Informational Technology in Charlotte, North Carolina to help parents monitor the health of their diabetic children throughout the school day.

WHS Bowling

Bowling pins.

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Created by students from Washington High School of IT in Milwaukee, WHS Bowling uses a fun and engaging game to deliver a positive message, promoting kindness and discouraging bullying among students of all ages.

Savant

Students from Pathways Academy of Technology & Design in Hartford, Connecticut built Savant to make it easier for students to read textbooks, participate in meaningful discussions, and complete assignments all from the convenience of one, virtual portal.

Gotcha

Danger: criminal.

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According to Technically Philly, a team of high schoolers participating in a Temple summer program came up with Gotcha! to help make their neighborhood a safer place to live. The app allows bystanders to report the location and circumstances of crimes as they’re committed, providing police with valuable metrics and information on crimes that otherwise might not be reported.

iParkedHere

Rochester Holiday Lights

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iParkedHere, an app designed to help people remember where they parked their cars, quickly became an app store sensation — and it was built by a high school senior! Not only does this invaluable service help people track down their missing automobiles, it also reminds them when it’s time to add more money to the meter.

Echo

Chemistry Homework.

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Los Angeles high schoolers built Echo to help students get organized and stay on top of their schoolwork. The app allows teacher to send out reminders for assignments and test dates, allowing them to better engage struggling students and guide them down the path to academic success.

Forage City

Farmer's Market in Colombia.

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High schools aren’t just encouraging students to explore mobile app building in order to cultivate entrepreneurial skills, they’re also introducing the young minds to the altruistic side of technology at an early age.

According to EducationWeek, Students in Oakland, California took this message to heart, and built Forage City, a social action app that alerts users to drop off points where they can leave surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores, and gardens, which will then be redistributed as food for those in need.

App-Building for Everyone

Just as technology is transforming education, it’s also changing business, communications, and our day-to-day lives. What’s clear is that in the right hands, mobile apps can be major vehicles for social and economic change. Now, with Infinite Monkeys’ DIY app building platform, anyone can build their own app — no coding experience required! Point is, it’s never too early (or too late) to secure your place in the brave, new world of mobile technology. Get started on your app today!