Rep. Ron Wright has named Michelle Nguyen from James Martin High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (TX-06).
When asked what inspired the creation of Clava the student said, “Like many other cities, my city has poorer and richer sides of town. The schools in these areas of town naturally reflect the people who live nearby. Because of this, some schools have more resources, better clubs, and thus a better academic culture. I saw this occurring in my city and was frustrated that someone living 15 minutes away from me had such fewer opportunities. Clava allows students from these schools to connect with others in the school district, get information on clubs, and lessen the gap in opportunity across the city.”
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.