Rep. Hill Announces Central Arkansas Winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman French Hill (AR-02), the co-chair of the Congressional App Challenge, recognized the central Arkansas winners and participants of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge at a reception held at the Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. In its fifth year, the Congressional App Challenge is a nation-wide coding competition for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science.
In Arkansas's Second Congressional district, 16 teams submitted apps for the competition. Participants' submissions were judged by Jay Chesshir, President and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Errin Stanger from the Innovation Hub, Daniel Schutte from the Venture Center, and Thomas Wallace from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Last year, Arkansas was the only state with 100% participation across each of its Congressional districts.
"Each student who participated in this year's Congressional App Challenge should be proud of their hard work and ingenuity," said Congressman French Hill. "Arkansas has made a name for itself as a growing hub for computer science education. I'm proud to continue serving as co-chair of this unique competition that provides a valuable opportunity for our students to take an active role in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, which represent the future of our state's economy."
Anu Iyer, a 9th-grade student at Little Rock Central High School. Her app, "Universal Safety App (USA)", would help drivers become more aware of distracted driving and prevent potential motor vehicle accidents.
David Saavedra, an 11th-grade student from Clinton High School. His app, "Find the Bus", would help school staff to track school buses as they transport children to and from their homes and classrooms. David was the 2018 Congressional App Challenge winner.
Alex Prosser, an 11th-grade student from Clinton High School. His app, "Floor It", would use virtual reality to create a realistic driving simulation for students to learn how to drive in a safe environment.