Rep. Bill Foster has named four Naperville students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Illinois’s 11th district. Naperville Central High School’s Ashley Kim, Maeve Conneely and Ximena Castillo submitted Conserve, an app that shows users their daily carbon footprint.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that focuses on preserving the environment students replied, “Our group was aware of the devastating effects of climate change and global warming, and wanted to help make a difference in the matter. This app will raise awareness about the issue, while also showing the user how much they contribute to global warming and its devastating effects. ” 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.