Storyify Wins Rep. Joyce’s (OH-14) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. David Joyce has named a Hudson student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Ohio’s 14th district. Western Reserve Academy’s Jingxing Gao submitted Storyify, an app that provides an interactive platform for middle school students to learn life science through reading and sharing comics and playing interactive games.

When asked why they were passionate about creating a STEM educational assistance app the student replied, “In middle school, I discovered that learning science through drawing and making stories of the concepts were so much more effective than rote memorization. So, I created Storyify to help my peers who struggled to memorize the concepts.” 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.