Technology

Menlo Park resident Shay Patel and his team of philanthropic teens are on a mission to level the distance learning playing field. They’ve launched an app, AlleyOop, which connects people who need eLearning devices and sports gear to those who wish to donate those items.

Everything listed on the app and downloading the app are free.  AlleyOop is available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store.

“Since I was young I have been insanely passionate about sports,” says Shay, who is now a junior in high school. “As an 11-year-old at basketball practice at the Boys & Girls Club, I was surprised to see that most of the other kids there were not playing in proper basketball shoes. Some wore flip flops. That didn’t sit well with me so I took matters into his own hands, translating empathy into action, launching Alley-Oop Kids.

“It’s a nonprofit that I continue to run five years later with a singular mission: To level the playing field by giving under-served kids access to sports gear, training, and experiences. In light of COVID-19 I’ve also added eLearning devices to our efforts. Our new app is one of the many efforts of Alley-Oop Kids.”

To see how the app works, click here. Please contact [email protected] or call Shay at 650-922-4142 for further information.

Photo of  (left to right) Shay Patel, Aidhan Ahuja, Rishan Patel courtesy of Alley Pop Kids

{ Be the first to comment }

Spotted: Plaque commemorating the launch of the internet age at Zott’s

According to Portola Valley Past and Present, on August 27, 1976, researchers from SRI International in Menlo Park chose the Alpine Inn, aka Zott’s, for a special ceremony. The SRI mobile radio laboratory, housed in a large van, pulled up outside the roadhouse one warm summer afternoon. The scientists placed a computer terminal on one […]

Click to read more →

Space Cookies robotic team is actively recruiting Freshman girls

For the past eight years, Menlo Park resident Shosh Cohen has been mentoring the Space Cookies, an all girls robotic team that draws from all over the Bay Area. Her goal for the fall: get more local  girls involved. “Our founding sponsors are NASA and the Girl Scouts, which is where the name Space Cookies […]

Click to read more →

SLAC scientists invent low-cost emergency ventilator and share the design for free

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park have invented an emergency ventilator that could help save the lives of patients suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Using standard parts that cost less than $400, the ventilator could be an affordable option when more sophisticated technology […]

Click to read more →

Meet Hannah Pollek, who’s helping put the pieces of a giant telescope camera together

At 8:00 am each morning, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) camera’s integration and testing team shuffles into a conference room at  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park to orchestrate the day’s activities. Hannah Pollek is a relative newcomer to the team, but she joined at an exciting time. Within the year, barring any […]

Click to read more →

MyNabes is designed to help build strong, friendly neighborhoods

Last fall, Menlo Oaks resident Elodie Bottine (pictured left in photo) teamed up with her friend Raluca Perkins to launch a mobile app called My Nabes. “It promotes mutual-aid between neighbors — a way to share services or items, help one another and get to know each other better,” explains Elodie. With MyNabes you can […]

Click to read more →

David Klein introduces new offerings from America Offline

“I think what we’ve learned is approaching this issue through smart phones and video as the enemy is not the way to go,” says David Klein about his latest American Offline projects, Game Changers and a series of podcasts. “Our goal is to take kids offline and put them through a fun immersive and engaging […]

Click to read more →

Congressional representatives visit SLAC and other national laboratories

Last week, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) (pictured 5th from right) was part of a congressional delegation that visited SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park. Also along for the visit were Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA).  Other congressional representatives toured the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It was […]

Click to read more →

5th annual Congressional App Challenge for 18th District is underway

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced today the launch of the fifth annual Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District. Established by the Congresswoman and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in 2013, the competition is a bipartisan nationwide event that invites high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their […]

Click to read more →

M-A student Audrey Ha wins first place in California Science and Engineering Fair

Menlo-Atherton High School student Audrey Ha capped off her Freshman year by taking first place in the California Science and Engineering Fair in the behavioral science category among a field of 800 middle and high school students. This followed wins at the county and regional level. Audrey’s topic was titled “Fostering Racial Tolerance in High […]

Click to read more →

Local Design Tech students plan TedX Design Tech High School with theme “Press Play”

Design Tech High School will host its second TedX Design Tech High School event at the Oracle Conference Centre in Redwood Shores on Friday, May 24, at 4:00 pm. The conference topic this year is “Press Play.” Adelyn Chen (pictured at last year’s, President of the TedX Design Tech High School Board said, “This year’s “Press […]

Click to read more →