LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A mobile application concept developed by a team of eighth graders at Meyzeek Middle School has won the school $20,000, the students brand new tablets and now they'll work with an expert to make their concept a reality.

Anjali Chadha, Jacob Ioffe, Aditya Mehta, Mark Raj and Allison Tu were surprised with the news during an assembly Tuesday morning that they were one of eight national-winning teams who participated in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a competition designed to ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

The contest, in its third year, challenges student teams to develop mobile application concepts that could address a need or problem in the students' communities or schools.

The Meyzeek students' winning concept -- called "Log ‘N Learn," provides information and assistance for the requirements of the Kentucky driver education program.

Principal Chris Burba said the students began working on the concept last year after they and another student (who is now in high school) developed a different concept for the contest and placed best in state. 

Determined to win at the national level, the students spent "countless hours after school and on weekends" working on "Log 'N Learn" concept. Burba said.

"They worked incredibly hard on this project," Burba said. "They are looking at real world problems and trying to find ways on how to enhance lives -- we are so proud of them."

The five students will now work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab to develop their concept into a working app on the brand new tablets they were surprised with on Tuesday.

In addition to the students winning the tablets and an all-expense paid trip to the National Technology Student Association Conference in Dallas this summer, Meyzeek gets a $20,000 grant.

Meyzeek, located at 828 S. Jackson, offers a districtwide math, science and technology magnet program. In addition, it offers enrichment courses designed to engage students in the science, technology, engineering and math process.

To learn more about the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, click here.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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