Technology & Liberal Arts

During the January 2010 product launch for the iPad, Apple founder Steve Jobs ended his presentation with this now famous slide:

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“The reason that Apple is able to create products like the iPad,” Jobs said in front of the slide “is because we’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts.” He then went on to explain that Apple’s mission had always been to get the best of both worlds–to create products that were technologically advanced while also being intuitive, beautiful, and easy-to-use.

Jobs continued with this thought a year later at the launch for the iPad 2. He even used the same slide again. He said: “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.”

It is this intersection between technology and the liberal arts where students can become 21st century creators. Here is one way they can do it.

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“The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.” Here are the contest rules. Winning schools receive $20,000 grants and students on winning teams receive Samsung tablets.

Check out what these innovators created to win the 2013 contest. Is anyone up for the challenge? The deadline is early December.

You can watch Steve Jobs talk about technology and the liberal arts here: