CERA Wins Rep. Peter’s (CA-52) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Scott Peters has named a San Diego student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in California’s 52nd district. Canyon Crest Academy’s Mika Okamoto submitted CERA, an app that provides users with random grouping assignments.

When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that assists in it’s users team organization the student replied, “In class, I’ve noticed that my teachers have problems with sorting students into groups or calling on random students.Therefore, I created CERA to help teachers easily, as they can access it on their phone simply and be able to randomly create groups and pick students in many different classes with only a few taps.” 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.