Rep. Alan Lowenthal has named La Palma students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in California’s 47th district. Oxford Academy’s Justin Yue, Vuk Perisic, Alex Hoang and Arvind Vivekanandan submitted Asclepius, an app geared towards physical therapy patients performing corrective exercises.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that aids persons in physical therapy the students replied, “Two of the best methods for preventing injuries from exercise are following proper physical form and performing corrective or preventive exercises. Many apps on the market currently provide users with workout plans and training regimens, but almost none make a serious effort to ensure users, especially inexperienced ones, exercise with correct form and follow sound training principles to prevent injury, which we feel is a major mistake.” 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.