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Kirkwood School District Students Win Missouri App Challenge Contest

Megan Campbell, an eighth-grade student at Nipher Middle School, and Kat Crawford, a freshman at Kirkwood High School, created an app called InBeTeen Jobs for the Congressional App Challenge. Their app was announced as the winner of Missouri’s 2nd District Congressional App Challenge. Judges of the contest, including Head Judge Everett Johnson and the LaunchCode team, awarded their app the highest possible points in concert, design, and skill. The app aims to help teens find work and volunteer opportunities. A video highlighting the app features can be found on YouTube:


This dynamic team learned to code at The Coder School and received an honorable mention in last year’s Congressional App Challenge. While the 2021 #HouseofCode event will be virtual next spring, Kat and Megan will both win a $75 gift card from Southwest Airlines. 


The Congressional App Challenge is a national competition highlighting the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge allows students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.


This competition is open to all students, working individually or in teams of up to four, who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate, enabling them to learn how to create their own apps. 


Students entering the competition must provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process, such as coding or graphic design.


For this annual competition, a panel of experts from the region judges the submitted apps and announces the winner each December. The winning app from each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and as part of a U.S. Capitol exhibit.