Level Up wins Rep. Katherine Clark’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Massachusetts’s Fifth District

Rep. Katherine Clark has named Theodore Luu from Weston High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Massachusetts’s Fifth District.


When asked what inspired the creation of Level Up, the student said, “In January, the final project of the course I was taking, ‘CS50’s Web Programming with Python and JavaScript’, was introduced: “build a web application of your own.” I wanted to make something that I would enjoy using, and hoped to make it useful to the community. I had already been involved in many initiatives to teach underserved students, and decided that developing a website to unite student’s efforts, and make it easier was a need. After finishing the final project, I extended it by deploying it using Heroku, and talking with my school’s tutoring club to help utilize the site.”

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.