Rep. TJ Cox has named Lorne Rogers and Brenton Pumarejo from Kingsburg High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (CA-21).
When asked what inspired the creation of U-Task, the students said, “My partner and I thought about the difficulties and struggles of school, and wondered if we could make an app that could relieve some of the stress that students feel sometimes every day. There are so many things a student has to keep track of and remember (tests, assignments, practices, meetings, performances, etc.), and we thought that we should make an app that helps them with that daunting challenge.”
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.