Rep. Rueben Gallego has named four Tolleson students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Arizona’s 7th district. Tolleson Union High School’s Weerachai Intaraha, Ryan Rodriguez, Ricardo Carranza and Josiah Jesurum submitted GPA Calculator, an app that allows users to input up to 48 high school class grades and calculate an estimate of their gpa.
When asked why they were passionate about creating a gpa calculating app the students replied, “We always had access to a GPA calculator, but most of them use grades with + and – scales. Our high school does not use that scale, so we wanted to create one that only had letter grades and a 4 point GPA scale.” 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.