Eshoo announces Congressional App Challenge

Students in the 18th Congressional District have until Nov. 2 to submit apps

The "Congressional App Challenge" for the 18th Congressional District has launched again, and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is inviting local high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices around science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Students must upload a YouTube or Vimeo video explaining the app and what they learned through the competition process during the submission period between July 18 and midnight on Nov. 2. During the completion period, students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development, according to an announcement for the challenge.

The app challenge seeks to engage student's creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. The winning app in each participating congressional district will be displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

Castilleja School's Heejung Chung, Claire Huang and Aimee An won first place in last year's Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District for their app Mezzo, which connects food businesses with local food pantries. The idea is to enable businesses to easily donate their surplus so the food is eaten, not wasted.

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Posted by Caroline V.
a resident of Portola Valley
on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

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Dear Congresswoman Eshoo,
I would like to use this opportunity to accept my request to meet with you to discuss the abusive and illegal conduct that is taking place in our schools K-12 and the collaborative efforts used to cover this up.

I have requested your help since 2012 with my own experience at San Jose State University in collaboration with the public school district of Alum Rock, the public healthcare setting of Valley Medical Center and the private healthcare setting at St. Francis Heights.

In the last 3 years I have heard the testimonies of students, parents, teachers, and administrators in different parts of our 18th district. Unfortunately we are dealing with an education system that ignores our laws and uses a collaborative effort to cover up the abusive and illegal conduct. We the victims are silenced by high litigation costs, lack of media reporting, and fear of further retaliation; that is why not too many people are coming forward.I have contacted your staff Anne, Alex and Gillian on several occasions to discuss and to stop the abusive and illegal conduct that is taking place on our school, college and university campus grounds. Unfortunately all certified mail, emails and phone calls since 2012 continue to remain unanswered.
It is nice of you to organize the congressional app contest, but it is more important to ensure public safety, equity and quality of education.
I hope this message will finally grant me a meeting with you.
Thank you
Caroline Vertongen

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