BUDD ANNOUNCES 2017 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE WINNER

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Washington, December 7, 2017 | comments
The Annual Congressional App Challenge offers an incredible opportunity for students to exercise their computer science skills. I am excited to announce Greensboro Day School, Grace Ciambrone as our winner. I was very impressed by her demonstration of critical thinking and creativity in order to solve a real-world problem with technology. Her app, Bookbench helps families manage their library books with an online system.
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WASHINGTON --- U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) announces Greensboro Day School student, Grace Ciambrone as the 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) winner. The congressional app challenge is a way to encourage kids to learn how to code. The competition was open to High School students in the 13th congressional district of North Carolina. 

“The Annual Congressional App Challenge offers an incredible opportunity for students to exercise their computer science skills. I am excited to announce Greensboro Day School,  Grace Ciambrone as our winner. I was very impressed by her demonstration of critical thinking and creativity in order to solve a real-world problem with technology. Her app, Bookbench helps families manage their library books with an online system. 

I am thankful for everyone who participated in exercising their STEM skills. In addition, I want to express my support for the Congressional App Challenge, which is to ensure continued growth and innovation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.”

This year over 4,100 students participated in the 14-week regional competitions in 190 congressional districts across 42 states. The work of this year’s winners will be eligible to be featured for one year on the permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the House.gov website

About The Congressional App Challenge:
The Congressional App Challenge was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as a million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the U.S. invests in our youth now and helps them acquire the skills necessary to pursue these careers in the future. This nationwide competition highlights the creativity and talent of the students in each Congressional District, with each district selecting a winner(s) and their app to be prominently featured at the U.S. Capitol. Congressman Ryan was one of two Congressional Co-Chairs for this year’s challenge.

Recognizing the racial, gendered, and other disparities in the tech sector, the CAC also focuses on inclusivity and making the Challenge widely accessible to students from all backgrounds. For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.




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