Congresswoman Anna Eshoo announces launch of Congressional App Challenge
Local middle and high school students are invited to enter Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's annual Congressional App Challenge, which runs through Nov. 1.
The challenge kicked off last week and is a nationwide, bipartisan event in which students compete to create a software application for cell phones, tablets or computers. The competition was established in 2013 by Eshoo and former Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte to increase student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math.
“The Congressional App Challenge is a unique opportunity for students, regardless of their level of coding expertise, to turn their creative ideas and talents into apps that provide real-life solutions to problems they see in their communities,” Eshoo said in a June 15 press release.
The challenge is open to all middle and high school students who live in or are eligible to attend a public school in the 18th Congressional District, which includes Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto. Students may work in groups of up to four people — as long as at least two of the students in the group are eligible to compete in the 18th district.
The winning student or group from each participating congressional district will have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol and on the House of Representatives' website.
More information can be found at eshoo.house.gov.
— Jonas Pao
Mountain View hosts climate change event for kids
On Wednesday, June 22, about 45 kids and parents learned about how they can combat climate change at an event hosted by the city of Mountain View.
Attendees learned about sustainability and the impact of climate change through child-friendly activities such as interactive music, stories and art, with storyteller Sharon McClintock and Sean’s Music Factory. Parents were able to learn alongside their kids about family activism before receiving materials to continue reading up at home.
The Mountain View Sustainability Office hosted the event at Pioneer Park, in collaboration with the Climate Reality Project: Silicon Valley and the Mountain View Library.
— Aliana Mediratta
Chinese Language Civic Leadership Academy celebrates inaugural graduating class
The first graduating class of the Chinese Language Civic Leadership Academy celebrated their achievements in a ceremony at Mountain View City Hall on June 9.
At the ceremony, graduates shared their experiences with local leaders and family members in attendance. The free, seven-week program aims to promote civic engagement and an understanding of local government services. Ultimately, the purpose of the academy is to prepare citizens to serve on city committees and advisory boards.
According to the academy web page, the objectives of the program are to educate and increase knowledge about the issues and functions of the city, services and activities; to develop awareness of the role of residents in the city government and prepare individuals to serve in advisory groups and committees
— Miles Breen