Alex Knoll, an 11 year old N. Idaho 5th grader, earned first place in an international competition for students for his "Ability App," an application to help the disabled navigate the world. Knoll is a 5th grade student at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, Idaho. The app shows users where wheelchair ramps are and what locations are service-animal friendly. In the year since coming up with the prototype, Knoll has traveled to a conference in Dublin, Ireland to present the idea. He got some well-earned recognition at home. Knoll won first place in the young inventor's challenge from AT&T and the Innovation Foundation. Around 350 students from across the world, high schoolers included, submitted entries for the competition. At an assembly at STEM Charter Academy this afternoon, Alex was recognized for his accomplishment. He offered words of encouragement to his classmates as well. Knoll's next step will be making sure the app is put to use. He and his family are now looking for funding and backers to help pay to get the app developed.