The iStander anti-bullying application, developed by Indian American students Sravya Koduri, Amukta Nayak, Shivani Mouleeswaran and Chinese American student Christine Tung, all of Cupertino High School in Cupertino, Calif., was honored as the top app at Congressman Mike Honda’s inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) reception June 16, in San Jose, Calif.
The event recognized the top entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition and the inaugural House App Competition. All the projects were created by high school students in the 17th District, which includes parts of Santa Clara and Alameda counties.
“The app we created gives student bystanders a quick and effective way to directly message school authorities when bullying occurs,” Koduri said in a press release.
“iStander allows safe access to adult help on and off campus, since the alert hotline sends texts to administrators, parents, and friends instantly when a bullying incident occurs.”
“Winning this competition is honestly beyond words," the Indian American high school student added. “Our team spent hours after school every day to make this app as functional and practical as possible.”
“As the founder of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Coalition, I’m glad to see this team using technology to address this problem. Getting an adult to a bullying situation quickly sends a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” Honda said in a statement.
Second place in the app competition was captured by BaggageTrack, an airport baggage-tracking device created by five students at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont: Ruchit Majmudar, Aarti Panda, Keshav Rao, Sam Sze and Vincent Ding. It was built with Objective-C, the main iPhone programming language.
“Our inspiration comes from trying to solve a problem we and people around us face, as well as our collective goal, which is to make a positive impact through entrepreneurship and innovation on America,” said Majmudar.
“Winning this award means a lot to our team and our progress with app development," added Rao.
The third place app award was won by a Pre-Calculus Trigonometry Tutor created by Sonia Sachar of Irvington High School in Fremont.
“What an impressive display of art and science,” said Honda, D-San Jose, Calif. “Our district has so many talented students. I’m glad Congress is encouraging their growth in the critical fields of science and art. We need to focus on STEAM education to ensure our future global competitiveness and success.”
Microsoft is giving each member of the winning team a Windows Phone, a ticket for admission to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and an invitation to the company’s High School Summer Code Camp, July 7-11 at the Mountain View campus.