Stock Market Learning Game wins Rep. Cynthia Axne’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Iowa’s Third District

Rep. Cynthia Axne has named Lucius Ray of Parkview Middle School and Carter Marovets of Parkview Middle School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Iowa’s Third District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Stock Market Learning Game, the students said, ”We (Myself and Carter Marovets) wanted to help students learn about finance and investing from a young age. So, when we heard about the Congressional App challenge, we coded an application that would teach students to code in an enjoyable interactive way. It was really hard and we almost gave up along the way, but we did it from almost no knowledge of code. I know a basic amount of python but wasn’t ready to create an app on it, hence our choice to use block. Even if we don’t win, I hope to publish and better our app, so as to teach others about the stock market and financial decisions.”

The Congressional App Challenge smashed previous participation records in 2022. All told, 9,011 students registered for this year’s competition – creating 2,707 fully-functioning apps for 335 Members of Congress across 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia. This year’s competition set the record for most student registrations, most apps submitted, most apps per district submitted, and most districts receiving over 20 apps. The wildly successful competition continues to impress upon House Members the importance of computer science education and the need to develop a pipeline of diverse, domestic STEM talent.

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, Rise, theCoderSchool, Apple, and others.

The 2023 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June of 2023, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.