Save Your Heart wins Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Pennsylvania’s First District
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has named Alice Kim, an 11th Grader at Central Bucks High School West, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Pennsylvania’s First District.
When asked what inspired the creation of Save Your Heart, the student said, ”The name of this app is “Save Your Heart” . I made it for my mom because she was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure. I was sad when her mother, whom I thought would be with me in good health, was diagnosed with this disease, so I wanted to be more helpful to her health. For health, she had to measure blood pressure every morning and evening and write down the measured blood pressure on a piece of paper and take it to the hospital but sometimes she forget to record it and lost her blood pressure record list. So she can’t submit it to her doctor . Therefore, I thought that it would be good to have a blood pressure recorder in the cell phone that my mother carries every day, and if I make it, I think that it can be more beneficial to her health without forgetting to measure her blood pressure or losing the paper. I have heard that there are many people with high blood pressure all over the world. It would be great if it could be of some help to someone suffering from high blood pressure like my mother.”
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.