Brain Food: NutriQuiz wins Rep. Bryan Steil’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Wisconsin’s First District
Rep. Bryan Steil has named Cole Bucek of Greendale High School, Evie Skibicki of Greendale High School, and Riess Steinman of Greendale High School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Wisconsin’s First District.
When asked what inspired the creation of Brain Food: NutriQuiz, the students said, ”We knew kids’ eating habits weren’t the best, so we did some research and were surprised by what we saw. According to the CDC, ( https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/facts.htm ) consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among kids made up 10% of their total calories each day and most children don’t eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Even worse, we discovered that empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents. Almost half of those come from “soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.” We also learned that most kids don’t even consume the recommended amount of total water, which should be accessible to everyone.
We also discovered that poor nutrition can have huge impacts on the rest of a child’s life, like in school, sports, and other activities. According to the journal Medicine, ( “Dietary Habits Are Associated With School Performance in Adolescents” ) eating fruits, vegetables, milk, and healthy breakfasts has a strong correlation with good school performance.
Finally, the worst thing is that unhealthy eating can impact the rest of a child’s life. According to Healthwise, children who eat poorly can get long-term health issues including osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis when they are adults.
Knowing all this, we decided we would make an app that would help kids learn to eat better to help them be more successful in school, in their outside experiences, and even in their adult lives.”
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.