Rep. Warren Davidson has named Brooke Davis of Ross High School, Piper Watson of Ross High School, and Blake Sayre of Ross High School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Ohio’s Eighth District.
When asked what inspired the creation of Math Tree, the students said, ” After the recent events of covid, learning loss has become a drastic problem. The world needs an online educational tool to keep kids safe, but keep them learning. Our app is a perfect solution to this problem because, while it includes difficult math problems, it is not a boring old study application! Kids, especially after the covid disaster, need a way to learn that isn’t going to stress them out. We created our app to help kids struggling from covid learning loss or that just need a way to learn that really brings the fun. We also added environmental learning benefits in our game to help kids realize how important the environment is to their future just like math is important for their future.”
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.