EcoScout wins Rep. Henry Cuellar’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Texas’s 28th District

Rep. Henry Cuellar has named Aziel Quezada, an Eighth Grader at United Middle School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Texas’s 28th District.

When asked what inspired the creation of EcoScout, the student said, ”I saw that many people are willing to help the Earth, but they don’t do it because it can be inconvenient and time-consuming. That’s why I made EcoScout, to provide short and fun ways to help the environment without the extra steps.”

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.