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On National App Day, Adams Announces Congressional App Challenge Winners

Dec 11, 2020
Press Release
Congresswoman Adams Announces the District 12 Students Who Won the 7th Annual Congressional App Challenge Competition

Charlotte - On National App Day, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12) announces this year’s Congressional App Challenge winners from Mecklenburg County. Since 2013, the Congressional App Challenge has provided high school students across the country the opportunity to create and display their software applications (or “app”) for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. The competition is intended to encourage engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

This year’s winners are:

First Place: Nicholas Rose of Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte. His app is called “See-Turtle App”

Second Place: Scarlet Greer of Providence Day School in Charlotte. Her app is called “The Go Green Game App”

Third Place: Sophie Mao of Providence Day School in Charlotte. Her app is called “3, 2, 1 Go App”

"The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for District 12’s bright and talented students to have fun coding, while exploring the possibility for innovation that STEM can bring, especially for children from communities who are traditionally underrepresented in technology," said Adams.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students and those eligible to attend public high school in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. Students can either work individually or in teams of up to four. For teams, at least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete within the district in which they are submitting. All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution. Students entering the competition must register in advance to show their intent to participate. Students are also required to submit their app’s source code along with a YouTube or VIMEO video that explains their app and what they learned through the competition.

Last year’s winning app was called “Clever Crops”, created by Providence Day School’s Axel Rokhar. Clever Crops was designed to help students aged four through eight-years-old with basic math skills. To view Axel’s app, please click here.

National winners will be announced on Friday, January 15, 2021. The winner of the app challenge will have their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

To learn more about the Congressional App Challenge or to sign up for next year’s competition, visit the website here.

Congresswoman Alma Adams represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District (Charlotte) and serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture. Additionally, she serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Education & Labor Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In 2015, she founded the Adams Hunger Initiative to address food insecurity across Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and the 12th Congressional District.