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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

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Ruppersberger Announces Winners of High School “App” Competition

Jul 28, 2014
Press Release
Chesapeake High Students’ tour guide app is now publicly available on Google Play

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today presented awards to the winners of his first-ever annual high school “App Challenge,” three students from Chesapeake High School in Essex. The academic competition, which was open to all high school students who reside in Maryland’s Second Congressional District, required students to create an original software application for mobile, tablet or other computer device on a platform of their choice.

The winners – Austen Edelenbos, Christopher Delen and Ruth Ndekhedehe – created an app that serves as a personal guide for a walking tour of popular sites around the National Mall in Washington, DC. The software uses phones’ GPS systems to deploy text and audio information about nearby attractions. The team visited Washington to test the app in person and gather more accurate GPS coordinates. The students have made their app publicly available for free on Google Play.

The contest was part of a national effort established by the U.S. House of Representatives to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation. Experts estimate that our country will not produce enough professionals to fill 8.5 million STEM jobs over the next decade.

“I want to congratulate these Second District students for winning my first-ever app challenge,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Their creativity and technical expertise is remarkable and I see bright futures ahead for each of them.  If they are any example, our community will be generating impressive talent that will help our country innovate and create jobs.”

Contest participants were required to submit a video demonstrating and explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process. You can see the winning team’s video here. The app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and will be on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

Second place winner Peter Collins of Towson’s Carver Center for Arts and Technology created an app for students to track their service learning hours required for graduation. See Peter’s video here.