Rep. Tony Cardenas has named a Panorama City student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in California’s 29th district. Granada Hills Charter High School’s Julia Nguyen submitted MantisMath, an app that helps players practice mental multiplication and addition in a fun and exciting way.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that aids students with multiplication the student replied, “In middle school, I noticed that a lot of students disliked math class and would do anything other than their math classwork/homework. I came to notice this was not because they found the material to be hard, but that they found it unamusing. I wanted to find a way to fix this perception.” The student hopes 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.