Rep. J. Correa has named four Cypress students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in California’s 46th district. Oxford Academy’s Angela Choi, Lynn Kim, Madeline Kim and Brandon Imai submitted EduNation, an app designed to connect a diverse body of students while simultaneously promoting academic development.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an academic development app the students replied, “Such services, test preparation books, and other materials are clearly not easily accessible to all, especially to those who may struggle financially, and this could be a discouraging factor to many. As a team, we share the belief that every person has the potential to achieve greatness; however, we know that this success will be contingent on the amount of effort and drive contributed by that certain individual. Thus, we wanted to turn around this situation in which high-prices were barriers to a student’s growth.” They hope to encourage other students to better their communities, by using their computer science skills.
Over 10,000 students registered for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 2,177 functioning apps, marking the end of the most successful Congressional App Challenge to date. All told, 304 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 48 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C.
The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 1134 App Challenges across 48 states. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.