Two Castro Valley students have created an app to make Alameda County's shuttle service easier to navigate.

Caleb Kim and Stephen Ou, both from Castro Valley High, worked on the free application, County Shuttle App, during their summer internships with the county's information technology department.

The county operates shuttles in Oakland, Hayward and San Leandro for its employees from BART stations to county offices. The public can ride the shuttle bus from the San Leandro BART station to the county's juvenile justice center, but the others are for county workers only.

Because some employees had said it was confusing to figure out the exact location where the buses stopped, the app includes pictures of the shuttle stops.

Kim and Ou, both 17, earned second place at the county's first Hackathon, held in December in Castro Valley. The two used Alameda County data to design the ACPR Finder, which provides user-friendly information about county parks.

Kim graduated this summer and is attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall. Ou is a senior at Castro Valley High.

Science night in Hayward

Cal State East Bay students are putting on a science night, Noche de Ciencias, at Hayward High School on Sept. 19.

"We want to get students involved in science and STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math," said Gloria Monterro, president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Cal State East Bay student chapter, which is hosting the event.


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The evening is intended for both students and their parents. Students will take part in science and engineering activities, while their parents attend workshops about financial aid and applying for college. The workshops will be in both English and Spanish. College students also will be available for any questions.

One activity will have students form teams and create jelly bean launchers with office supplies to get them interested in engineering, Monterro said. "Whoever can make a jelly bean launch the farthest wins. We don't give them instructions on how to build it; it's up to them," she said.

Prizes will be given to the top winners.

The science night is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hayward High library, 1633 East Ave. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The event is open to all ages and ethnicities. All Hayward high school students, including those from Tennyson and Mount Eden, are invited, Monterro said.

For more information, go to www.cienciashayward.weebly.com

Students take advantage of summertime credit recovery classes in Ashland

Instead of taking a break from schoolwork this summer, 45 students earned credit for 47 classes through a credit recovery program offered at the REACH Ashland Youth Center.

Courses previously failed by students in Alameda County were retaught on computer programs Cyber High and Pearson's GradPoint during morning and afternoon sessions for six weeks, each course requiring an estimated 75 hours of work. Students were given the opportunity to retake up to two courses in all core and elective subjects, except physical education.

The program was overseen by San Lorenzo Unified, the youth center's education provider.

About 50 juniors and seniors attended the district's other summer credit recovery classes at Edendale Middle School, officials said.

Credit recovery classes, SAT preparation classes, study hall and tutoring will be available to students at the youth center throughout the year. The district also hopes to get a GED and English learner program up and running.

San Leandro principal honored for computer program use

The principal of James Madison Elementary was honored Thursday for the school's use of the state standards computer learning program Study Island.

Principal Garry Grotke received a Rock Star award by the program's maker Edmentum Inc. The K-5 school's base Academic Performance Index Score rose from 768 in 2005-06 to 877 in 2011-12. The school began using Study Island in 2006 and Grotke credits the program with helping students master the state standards.

Edmentum cites James Madison as an example of their program's effectiveness. James Madison students have answered approximately 1 million questions on Study Island, officials said.

Earlier this year, Grotke was named 2013's top elementary school principal in the state by the Association of California School Administrators.