Blanson CTE High School App Challenge winner Martineus Fearon.

Four Aldine ISD students were named winners in the Congressional App Challenge Contest. 

Hundreds of students across the country submitted software applications in the Congressional App Challenge Contest. This year, 22 Aldine ISD middle and high school students submitted thirteen apps. Two of the winning apps were from Aldine ISD.

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging middle and high school students to learn how to code by creating their applications. This is the District’s first time participating in the Congressional App Challenge. Martineus Fearon, Blanson CTE High School junior, submitted the winning app entitled Bug Slayer for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s office. Grantham Academy eighth-graders Esmeralda Villanueva, Anahi Salgado, and Ashely Asis presented the winning app entitled Minecraft Quiz for Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia’s office.

Officially launched in 2015, the nationwide competition allows students to showcase their creativity and encourages interest in STEM fields.  The contest also will enable students to compete with peers in their district by creating and exhibiting a software application for the web, PC, tablet, mobile, Raspberry Pi, or other platforms of their choice.  Students created apps using various programming languages, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code,” etc.

Grantham Academy App Challenge winners from left to right, Esmeralda Villanueva, Anahi Salgado, and Ashley Asis.

Each app was evaluated by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from each congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.