Raskin Launches Student App Challenge

Middle and high school students are encouraged to enter U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge. The goal is for students to learn how to code by creating their own applications.

Since 2013, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have hosted this challenge to inspire students to learn about computer science and coding. A winner will be chosen from each of the 435 Congressional Districts in the United States.

“Each year, the Congressional App Challenge summons the tech savvy and civic responsibility of Maryland’s Eighth District youth,” Raskin said. “Our past winners have created innovative technological solutions to COVID-19 risk mitigation and active missing persons cases. I am excited for our impressive Eighth District students to again inspire us with their technological skills, social vision and problem-solving ingenuity.”

Middle and high school students living or attending school in Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District may submit their applications to the Challenge beginning Wednesday through Nov. 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Raskin chose to launch this challenge exclusively through MyMCM.

On December 6, at the beginning of Computer Science Education Week, Raskin will announce the Eighth District winner.

Students do not have to finish their app. They only are required to submit a short video explaining it. The video should include footage of any finished portions of the app.

For details and to register, click here.

During the 2021 challenge, Walter Johnson High School seniors Ainesh Chatterjee, Salamun Nuhin, Botond Parkanyi and Charles Wang won in Raskin’s district. The four students created CoronaSafe, a Python-based application that analyzes COVID case data and urban density to create a unique COVID contraction risk calculation for any global address given by the user.

Here is the interview with Raskin in which last year’s winners explain their app and how they created it.

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