President Recognizes Resaca Students in Speech

President Recognizes Resaca Students in Speech
Posted on 05/27/2014
This is the image for the news article titled President Recognizes Resaca Students in SpeechPresident Obama mentioned Resaca Middle School and the Hello Navi team during his speech at the White House Science Fair Tuesday.

At his Press Conference about the event, the President mentioned seven schools and their projects, but mentioned Resaca Middle School and Los Fresnos first. The speech was about one minute long.

Hello Navi logo"We had the all-girls App Team from Resaca Middle School in Los Fresnos, Texas. Where are they ... I just saw them ... There they are ... There they are (applause).

"So one of their classmates, an outstanding young man Andres Salas, is visually impaired. So they designed an app to help him navigate their school and other buildings. The app tells him where he is, where he may need to go, which saves Andres a huge amount of time, because they were explaining ... Andres was explaining ... if he goes from middle school to high school ... he has to memorize and track his surroundings. This app is helping him do that.

"So not only these ladies have big brains, they also have big hearts."

To watch the official White House video about the President discussing Resaca Middle School students, click here, and advance to the 5:31 mark. Obama's remarks continue until the 6:30 mark.

To view photos taken by Bolado on the White House trip, click here.

Obama went to discuss science projects by six other students or student groups who attended the Science Fair.

The girls were the focus of stories by the Associated Press sent around the country. To read one, click here.

“Hello Navi” integrates a variety of digital tools such as a compass, scanner, VoiceOver, optical braille readers and Google indoor navigation technology to guide blind or visually-impaired students around their schools. It is also intended to assist visually impaired people navigate a building. It will help Andres navigate around Resaca Middle School.

Resaca students and other winning teams have received in-person training by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s App Inventor Training Corps to build their apps and make them available for download. They are scheduled to complete their app by June 1, and present it at the 2014 National Technology Student Convention in Washington June 27-July 1.

The Resaca story has gone national with stories in People Magazine and Telemundo International.

“"We are very excited about the opportunity; this is once in a lifetime," Ruvalcaba said. "As an educator, this is the highest compliment that one can receive: an invitation from the White House. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever picture this. What a great honor this is for Resaca Middle School and for Los Fresnos CISD."

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is a national competition aimed at boosting student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Teams of middle- and high-school students created mobile application concepts that address needs or problems in their schools and communities.

Administered by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, the Challenge names four middle school and four high school teams as Best in Nation winners, each of which receives $20,000 in cash grants for their schools and new tablets for each team member courtesy of Samsung Telecommunications America.
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