Rep. Michael Simpson has named Sophie Broderick from Boise High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Idaho’s Second District.
When asked what inspired the creation of ArtQuizzer, the student said, “When I was studying for my Art History exam I wanted to use a tool to test my knowledge but there was none available. It was hard to memorize all the information throughout the year and still be able to recall everything for the final exam at the end of the year. I started collecting the information into a spreadsheet and it led to the idea of developing an application. I thought that an easy to use tool with a nice design could help students learn but also be appreciated by any art enthusiasts. Generally, I am passionate about promoting art with a use of modern technology.”
The 2021 Congressional App Challenge yielded 2,101 fully functioning apps. After eighteen months of disruptions to educational cadences for students everywhere, the Congressional App Challenge came roaring back with 7,174 students registering for this year’s competition. All told, 340 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.
The Congressional App Challenge is an official 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. Each participating Member of Congress selects a winning app from their district, and each winning team is invited to showcase their winning app to Congress during our annual #HouseOfCode festival. The program is a public-private partnership made possible through funding from Omidyar Network, AWS, theCoderSchool, Facebook, Replit, Accenture, and others.
The 2022 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June of 2022, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.