Rep. David Trone has named a North Potomac student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Maryland’s 6th district. Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Kaiwen Song submitted MusiScan, an app that utilizes a machine learning model to detect a musical notes through a picture taken by the user and informs the user on the name of the note.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that promotes musical assistance the student replied,“Being a musician myself, I sometimes struggle to remember how to play certain high notes on the clarinet. Therefore, I built this app to address this issue, as it can assist musicians in their practice by teaching them how to play certain notes.” 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.