Music Literacy Trainer wins Rep. Colin Allred’s (TX-32) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Colin Allred has named Matthew Mattei from Highland Park High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (TX-32).

When asked what inspired the creation of Music Literacy Trainer, the student said, “I was inspired to create this app when I heard that a friend’s younger brother was missing music classes during the COVID-19 school shutdown. When I thought of the problem, I wanted to go about creating an app that helped teach users the foundations of reading music, provided an opportunity for users to improve their proficiency in reading music, and provide this educational resource at no cost to the user.”

Over 6,500 students registered for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 3,088 functioning apps, marking the end of an extremely successful Congressional App Challenge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All told, 308 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, DC.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host competitions 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 Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental support. In the six years of the Congressional App Challenge, thousands of functional apps have been created by over 30,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.