GPS Senior To Bridge Gap In Education Disparities

Starts STEM Project At East Lake Academy

Monday, July 28, 2014

With the help of funding from the Mozilla Gigabit Fund, Anjali Chandra has started the GigBridge project at East lake Academy.

“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,“ said Ms. Chandra, a GPS senior and founder of Global Excel a local non profit .

Mozilla’s Gigabit Community Fund provides grants and resources for innovators exploring the use of next-generation gigabit technologies in Kansas City and Chattanooga.

Ms. Chandra's GigBridge is an application development program pertaining to obesity, designed to introduce students to mobile application development, alleviate linguistic disparities, and increase awareness about obesity risk and prevention.?

The pilot project started on Monday and will go on for two afternoons at the campus of East Lake Academy from 1-4:30 p.m.

This will followed by a more intensive program once school is in session. Helping Ms. Chandra are a several committed volunteers, including Miss Jill Pala head of the computer science department at GPS, Omar Diaz a senior IT analyst at uniflex systems, Dhruv Yadav (Vanderbilt) , Meghna Talluri ( UVA), Roger Lee (UPenn) (all recent high school graduates , with a passion for STEM ), Lexie King, Delaney Swann ( GPS high school students) and Reginald Smith from the Hamilton County Department of Education.

"We are looking for app developers and computer science professionals to serve as mentors for our fall program, and these are paid positions," said Ms. Chandra. “We are of course always looking volunteers and more volunteers."

For more information on the GigBridge go to or e-mail Anjali Chandra at

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