GIGBRIDGE ANNOUNCES AWARD CEREMONY Six teams compete in local STEM competition

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GigBridge will be hosting the awards ceremony for the end of their 2014 Fall program. Teams from East Lake Academy (ELA) and Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) have been developing their own apps focused on obesity risk and prevention . This Friday, November 14, the six teams will present their apps to a panel of judges who will reward the most promising app.

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, November 14th, beginning at 4:30 at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, in the Lecture Hall. The ceremony is open to the public. Chattanooga Mayor will be in attendance and giving opening remarks.

With the help of funding from the Mozilla Gigabit Fund, the GigBridge project has allowed students at ELA and CGLA to use their after school time to learn more ways to prevent or reduce obesity. Local health consultants and dieticians have met with the students to answer questions and give input on the issue. They also have had workshops on technology and how applications can meet or solve various needs. Combining their research on obesity and learning how to make a mobile app using the online app maker Appy Pie, they have created individual apps to serve their communities. Spanish speaking students created their apps in their native language as well as working with language mentors to translate the apps to English.

“Education is more than getting perfect scores on the SAT and getting into Harvard. It can be the key to a self-supporting life. Education can help families escape from poverty and get better jobs to lead a better life. “ states Anjali Chandra a GPS senior and founder of Global Excel, GigBridge’s umbrella non profit.

Alli Crumley, GigBridge’s Project Coordinator, said, “It has been exciting to see the students realize they have the tools to make their own app. And when they see how what they are learning in school affects building their app, it really opens up possibilities to them.”

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