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Congressional App Challenge


Congratulations to Kailin Zhang and Sophie Maniscalco! Their Supergirls Code App won the 2019 2nd District Congressional App Challenge!

Kailin is a senior at Marquette High School and Sophie is a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy. You can view a demonstration of their winning app here.

All the 2nd Congressional District apps submitted by the November 1, 2019 deadline were judged by a panel of area experts. The winning app from each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov) and as part of a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

The Challenge is a national competition highlighting the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge allows students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

This competition is open to all students, working individually or in teams of up to four, who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate, enabling them to learn how to create their own apps. Students entering the competition must provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process, such as coding or graphic design.

I know how crucial these skills are and want to inspire students to engage in these fields.  By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

To learn more about the Congressional App Challenge click here! If you have additional questions, contact Jaci Winship at jaci.winship@mail.house.gov or 636-779-5449.