Teen receives $12,000 to develop fitness app

Kolten Parker writes that “She’s proof that big ideas pay off.

Estrella Hernandez, a 13-year-old Alamo Heights Junior School student, put her imagination to good use when designing “We Walk” a smartphone app made to help fight childhood obesity while incorporating San Antonio’s “rich history” and community.

“It was this odd feeling of disbelief that something I thought of in my room in sixth grade is actually becoming a reality,” Hernandez said.

The eighth-grade student has received $12,000 through community grants and sponsorships to develop a beta version of her Alamo City-based app and hopes to pull in about $200,000 to finish developing it.

To read the full article by Kolten Parker click here;

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Fitness-gaming-app-is-child-s-play-for-teenaged-5193801.php

About Gaming and Education

Through my research, I have found that games are a powerful tool for learning for players of all ages. Last year I earned my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. My dissertation was entitled - Higher Order Thinking Skills in Digital Games. I have presented my research at the annual convention of the California Educational Research Association. In addition to teaching, I assist other researchers who are working in the field of games and Learning.

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