Rep. Susie Lee has named Ryan Cortenbach, a 10th Grader at Coral Academy of Science Sandy Ridge, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Nevada’s Third District.
When asked what inspired the creation of SchedU, the student said, ”As a current sophomore, I have to constantly juggle multiple college-level classes, sports, and extracurriculars all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. These tasks have been very detrimental to my mental health, and recently, I’ve been noticing that I have been missing more assignments and feeling more negative about school and homework than I have in the past. I created SchedU to get rid of these problems, bring my grade up, and help me get on some of the habits I have been wanting to take on for a long time. Seeing that others at my school and on social media have had the same problems and desires as me, I decided to really put in the work ethic and aesthetically pleasing finish onto my free app so that they can better themselves too!”
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.