Tr√≠gono’s Odyssey wins Rep. Jim Cooper’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Tennessee’s Fifth District

Rep. Jim Cooper has named Jaden Cunningham and Will Sadler from Lipscomb Academy as the winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Tennessee’s Fifth District.


When asked what inspired the creation of Tr√≠gono’s Odyssey, the students said, “As students who have gone through many math courses, We can look back and see how helpful it would have been to have an app that could help me practice certain formulas and theorems. Because of this, we decided to create a game that could help people struggling in a particular area of math. We finally landed on Pythagorean’s Theorem after discussing what we thought had been the most prevalent and consistent formula used throughout our High School career.”

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.