Rep. Ken Calvert has named a Riverside student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in California’s 42nd district. Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Sydney Hardister submitted iCare, an app that educates and provides support to high schools students struggling with their mental health and well being.
When asked why they were passionate about creating support app the student replied, “The news is bursting with stories regarding school shootings and teen suicide; and I can’t help but feel the need to help. As a busy student myself, I understand how difficult it is to reach out and find time for self care. I believe having an always available tool would be immensely beneficial.” 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.