Solaris Schema wins Rep. Steve Scalise’s (LA-01) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Steve Scalise has named Ryan Mulkey, Tony Rito, and Sheen Wood from Northshore High School  as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (LA-01).

When asked what inspired the creation of Solaris Schema, the students said, “We’ve always been curious about the solar system and have noticed how inaccessible much of the existing data about it is. Our goal was to make a simple, aesthetically pleasing website with all of the data that we could find compiled into one spot.

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.