Pathways Academy of Technology & Design Announced as a Winner in  2017 Lenovo Scholar Network Mobile App Development Competition

Pathways Academy of Technology & Design Announced as a Winner in 2017 Lenovo Scholar Network Mobile App Development Competition

Nonprofit and Global Tech Partner Also Announce “Fan Favorite” Voting     

(East Hartford, CT) – May 16, 2017: Lenovo and NAF are proud to announce that Pathways Academy of Technology & Design has been named one of the winners in this spring’s Lenovo Scholar Network Mobile App Development Competition. In total, 5 top winners were chosen and teams from the 50 Lenovo Scholar Network academies across the nation were eligible to submit their work to the contest. These high school students spent months designing, coding, developing, and testing their mobile apps.

Pathways’ seniors, Stephen Pawlak and Jovan Mercado created the app Iris, which is about connecting college communities for student success.  Guided by their Mobile Application Design, Mr. Raul Vargas, the two seniors created a user-friendly app with the specific purpose of uniting college communities around academic and social goals.

The competition originated to encourage greater interest among underserved high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects while providing them with high-tech skills to succeed in the 21st century.

The winning teams will present their apps to audiences at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, in Dallas, TX this July. “Fan Favorite” voting also opens today and allow students’ local communities to voice their opinions on the apps and share their top pick. This team will also receive Lenovo products for their academy. Check out the website to vote for Iris –

As part of the program, students at will be granted access to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s App Inventor development tool, a web-based tool for creating Android apps, to build and test their apps on Lenovo devices. NAF and MIT work together to provide technical assistance and to develop support materials for teachers using MIT App  Inventor.

To find out more about the Lenovo Scholar Network and follow along with students’ app creation journey, visit or check out the #LenovoScholars hashtag on social media. 

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About NAF

NAF, is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready.

NAF works with high need communities to transform the high school experience through an educational design that includes industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals, culminating in a paid internship. NAF academies fit within and enhance school systems, allowing NAF to become an integral part of a plan for higher achievement at a low cost. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2016-17 school year more than 96,000 students attended 675 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2016, NAF academies reported 96% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit: