Rep. Bob Gibbs has named four Brunswick students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Ohio’s 7th district. Brunswick High School’s Katie Scheutzow, Kara Nemet, Kelly Badowski and Kaylee Hankey submitted e-Cycle, an app that provides people with a way to leave their mark on global warming.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that focuses on improving an individual’s contributions to preserving the environment the students replied, “The world is at a point where anyone and everyone needs to help in any way they can to reduce human effects on nature. However, many people don’t know how to help. We wanted to make information available, so that everyone will know how they can start contributing.” 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.