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Congressional App Challenge

 

I am pleased to announce that In BeTeen Jobs created by Kat Crawford and Megan Campbell was chosen as the 2020 winner in Missouri’s 2nd District Congressional App Challenge! Head Judge Everett Johnson and the LaunchCode team awarded In BeTeen Jobs the highest possible points in concept, design and skill. Check out their winning app here

Kat is a freshman at Kirkwood High School and Megan is an 8th grader at Nipher Middle School. This dynamic team learned to code at The Coder School and received an honorable mention in last year’s Congressional App Challenge. While the 2021 #HouseofCode event will be virtual next spring, Kat and Megan will each win a $75 gift card from Southwest Airlines. Congratulations girls and keep coding!

I also want to congratulate Jaxon Green as the judges selected his When to Water app for second place. We received 12 impressive entries this year and I’m proud of all these talented young coders.

The Congressional App 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.

The submitted apps are judged by a panel of experts from the region, with the winner announced in December of each year.  The winning app from each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and as part of a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

When details regarding the 2021 Congressional App Challenge become available, we will update this page and provide the information to computer science teachers across Missouri’s 2nd District. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Jaci Winship at jaci.winship@mail.house.gov or 636-779-5449.

By recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.