Rep. Susan Wild has named Edison Tang from Nazareth Area High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Pennsylvania’s Seventh District.
When asked what inspired the creation of MyClass, the student said, “When COVID-19 impacted our lives, most students and teachers resorted to learning and teaching in a cyber environment, whether that’s having a hybrid schedule or going full cyber. The biggest problem with cyber learning is the lack of communication. My friends became reluctant to do their homework because communication was slow. Also, teachers have to respond to individual emails, and this hogs their time. This is why I created MyClass. MyClass allows students to chat with their peers to ask questions and allows them to receive answers faster. Furthermore, both students and teachers use multiple chatting platforms to communicate with each which can be very difficult to manage. Their class group chats often get lost in their contacts list by messages from their friends and families. Communication platforms such as Schoology are great, but are stressful and slow for both teachers and students. Apps like Remind don’t let students create their own groups for clubs or group projects and are only limited to chatting in their classrooms. Moreover, some of these apps are too complicated for the common user, and teachers are often overwhelmed by them. I wanted to create a simple, easy-to-use messaging app that provides a great range of chatting flexibility made solely for school.”
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.