EarthSaver wins Rep. Bill Pascrell’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in New Jersey’s Ninth District

Rep. Bill Pascrell has named Lauren Kim from Englewood Cliffs Upper school as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in New Jersey’s Ninth District.


When asked what inspired the creation of EarthSaver, the student said, “I was inspired by climate change and the warming of our planet. I wanted to create this app to teach people to act instead of just knowing this problem. Many people know what is happening to the world around but very few have decided to take action. The main purpose of this app was to be able to show people that doing just small things, for example recycling plastic, every day can create a huge difference.”

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.