Blue Books Wins Rep. Ruppersberger’s (MD-02) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. C. Ruppersberger has named two Timonium students as the winners of the Congressional App Challenge in Maryland’s 2nd district. Dulaney High School’s Yuanyang Lu and Yu Lei Li submitted Blue Books, an app that allows students and teachers alike to log in, hold, and check out books.

When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that focuses on making books more accessible the students replied, “In my local library there was a website to login and check out books, it felt very clunky, and opening up Google every time felt excessively unnecessary. To counteract the lack of technology, I decided that creating an app would better allow library visitors to keep track of their books.” 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.