Rep. Royce was selected as the national Co-Chair of the Congressional App Challenge this year, a competition designed to engage student creativity and promote their participation in computer science and coding. The 2016 Challenge for California's 39th Congressional District took place from July 18, 2016, to November 2, 2016.
The 2016 Congressional App Challenge first place winners are: Christopher Jhaveri, Christopher Leung, Jason Kwan, and Santiago Torres of the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program at Los Altos High School. The winning students created Election Connection, a mobile application designed to educate voters on candidates' political positions.
The winning student developers and Los Altos High School will have Election Connection displayed in the United States Capitol alongside winning submissions from around the nation.
Rep. Royce made his announcement during the competition's Exhibit and Awards Ceremony at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
Second place was awarded to Troy High School's Neil Prajapati for his app "AntiStipulator" and Ayala High School's Noah Allen, Justin Harsono, Jeffrey Hsu, and Ramakrishna Senthil for their app "TuteeMe."
Third place was awarded to Los Altos High School's Aum Brahmbhatt, Tiffany Liao, and Breeze Hernandez for their app "BrainTrain."
"I enthusiastically chaired the Congressional App Challenge this year because its mission aligns with my priorities: promoting STEM education in our schools and encouraging students to pursue technology-related interests. Congratulations to Los Altos High School and all of the participating teams. I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of the talented competitors," said Rep. Royce.
"As national Co-Chair of the Congressional App Challenge, Congressman Royce has led the charge in promoting STEM and computer coding education in our schools. Over 2100 students creating 650 apps participated in this year's Challenge, a 20% jump from last year," said Melissa Medina, Congressional Affairs Director for the Congressional App Challenge.
A panel of independent judges determined the winning team of the competition that featured mobile applications created by students from California's 39th Congressional District. Judging was based on factors such as quality of the application's operations, implementation of the application's concept, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
Questions regarding the 2017 Congressional App Challenge can be directed to Stephanie Hu of Rep. Royce's staff at Stephanie.Hu@mail.house.gov or (626) 964-5123
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