7th Graders Explore WA State with Custom App







St. John App Rewards Student Exploration of Washington State

7th graders spent last week exploring Washington State with the help of the mobile app they built together in history class. The group of 52 students visited the State Capitol, Yakima, Spokane, Leavenworth and historic places along the way, earning points at every stop using their app, St. John Explorer.

The students began building their app earlier this year using technology provided by 468 Communications called 468 Field Trip. During class, students researched and wrote descriptions of the places they planned to visit. Those locations were then added to the St. John Explorer app and assigned a point value, which any user of the app can collect when they physically visit those places. Points accumulated with the app can be redeemed for goods or services at rewards locations listed in the app.

The St. John students kicked off their state history field trip by meeting Governor Jay Inslee at the State Capitol in Olympia. From there, students traveled to Yakima, where they visited history and cultural museums and celebrated Mass with Bishop Tyson.  Next, they visited Gonzaga University and Riverfront Park in Spokane. Before returning home they stopped at Grand Coulee Dam and Leavenworth.  Check out the school Facebook page for more photos.

You can download St. John Explorer for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.