Rep. Steven Palazzo has named two Pass Christian students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Mississippi’s 4th district. Pass Christian Middle School’s Jalynn Bloodsworth and Skye Godley submitted The Alphabet for Preschoolers, an app designed to help preschoolers learn and remember the alphabet, and have fun while learning.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that aids preschoolers in learning the alphabet the students replied, “My four year old niece is in preschool and has trouble remembering her alphabet so I want to create an app to help her. She has trouble really learning what letter goes to each sound.” 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.