Students at St. Helens Middle School in Oregon are being honored with a “Best in State” for a computer app that they developed. The five-member team in an eighth-grade technology class received the award in connection with the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, and is intended to help users learn more about the Periodic Table of Elements. The program developed by Jo Elliot, Kyle Harris, Cody Leanna, Tyler Lyman and David Parks is called the “Periodic Table of Interactive Elements,” and can be used in science classrooms to help teachers and students more easily learn about the building blocks of the universe. The app is now eligible to go into the “Best of Region” competition, going up against apps developed in middle schools in 12 western states. The regional winners will be announced next Tuesday. Those winners will receive a $5,000 grant for their schools, and will go on to compete for “Best in Nation” status.