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Published August 05, 2013, 08:53 PM

West Fargo students create an app that is gaining national attention

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group of soon to be 7th grade West Fargo students has created an app that has gained statewide, and now national attention. The purpose? To get more people to recycle.

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group of soon to be 7th grade West Fargo students has created an app that has gained statewide, and now national attention. The purpose? To get more people to recycle.

What started as an idea in November, has now turned into a workable, downloadable, and useful app. It's call Recycling Bin.

Joram Stith - Created Recycling Bin App: "t keeps the environment clean, friendly, it lets you reuse things, it makes us all more efficient."

The app allows you to find nearby recycling centers, set an alarm to remind when to recycle, and make a favorites list so you always know where to go.

Joram Stith: "A lot of people don't recycle because they don't know where to recycle."

When using the app you can not only find recycling centers in West Fargo, Fargo, and Moorhead, but anywhere in the United States.

Joram Stith: "Wherever you are, you can look up any place or you can use your current location."

The student's teacher, Gretchen Peterson, submitted the idea to the first ever Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The students received best in state, and beat out hundreds of other groups to win Best in Nation.

Gretchen Peterson - Teacher: "It promotes STEM education, which is huge, and getting students to use problem solving skills in a hands on learning environment."

The students won $10,000 to promote stem education in the West Fargo School District, as well as Galaxy Note Tablets, and are now being interviewed by a national magazine for an upcoming article.

Micole Niteka - Created Recycling Bin App: "It's cool that our app stands out from the others, so it is just really honoring, just to see that they noticed our app and that they are using it."

Besides the state and national attention the students are getting, they all just hope more pop cans and end up here and not in the garbage.

The app is only offered in the Google play store. It now has 500 plus downloads.

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