Bobcats Earn Silver in Congressional App Challenge
Congratulations to Bosque seniors—Camilo, Avery, and Taylor—for earning 2nd place in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) in our district!
The team created the app, “MNU Mobile Menus,” making it easy for people to find nearby restaurants and their menus outside of cluttered search engines.
Each year, Mr. Fike incorporates the Congressional App Challenge into the course curriculum for his second-year Coding class students. “This group of students did a wonderful job creating a phone application for the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide competition,” said Mr. Fike. “With a creative idea and use of external resources, these students created an application that filled a need for Albuquerque restaurant patrons.”
In its sixth year, the Congressional App Challenge has established itself as the largest student computer science competition globally with a broad national yet hyper-local reach. This year, Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s office saw a five-fold increase in applications compared to last year’s competition.
“Tech fields are an important key to unlocking opportunities right here in our state. I’m glad to see students throughout our district putting their coding skills to the test and am committed to expanding access to STEM education,” said Congresswoman Haaland. She is a leader of the Department of Energy National Labs Jobs ACCESS Act to support targeted apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs that utilize local high schools, community colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions and workforce intermediaries, working in partnership with local and national laboratories, and National Nuclear Security Administration sites, to fill skills gaps in critical sectors of the workforce.
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is an initiative hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. In the six years of the CAC, the program has yielded 1,442 App Challenges across 49 states. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the Congressional App Challenge with staffing and support. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 30,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.