Rep. Kim Schrier has named Yanda Bao, Li Xie, Rena Wang, and Emma Lu from Skyline High School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Washington’s Eighth District.
When asked what inspired the creation of Atmos Weather, the student said, ”We were inspired to create GluMi after watching our friends and family struggle with the inconvenience of Glucometers. We watched soccer teammates be pulled from important games because they had to prick themselves on the sidelines, and we watched grandparents go through the hassle of stabbing themselves in the finger on the daily. All of this inconvenience, and there wasn’t even a convenient app for them to track their daily readings.
Because of this, we wanted to create a device that would allow far more convenient measuring of blood sugar. This is why we developed the Breathanalyzer, which only required a quick breath into it. To accompany the Breathanalyzer, we wanted an easy to use app that allowed diabetics to track their data through digestible visuals. After doing research, we also saw a need for tracking of blood pressure and food intake. The CDC recommends diabetics to keep track of food intake because it allows them to see what makes their blood sugar go up or down. Blood pressure tracking is also recommended because high blood pressure in conjunction with diabetes can be very dangerous. This pushed us to include further functionality in the app, which allows the comprehensive tracking of blood pressure and food intake in parallel with blood sugar.”
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.