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DHS Junior Wins 1st District App Challenge

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DHS Junior Wins 1st District App Challenge
Posted on 01/03/2020
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Deering High School junior Aidan Blum Levine has won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for Maine’s 1st District!

Maine 1st District U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree tweeted out on Dec. 23 that she was “excited to announce” Aidan’s win. She said his submission, called “Winditions,” allows users of the app to post up-to-date weather conditions for winter sports.

Now in its fifth year, the Congressional App Challenge has established itself as the largest student computer science competition in the world with a broad national reach.

The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of 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. Each participating member of Congress selects a winning app from their district, and each winning team or individual is invited to showcase their winning app at the United States Capitol during the annual House of Code festival, held each spring.

By the time the submission window closed on the 2019 Congressional App Challenge, students across the country had created and submitted over 2,177 functioning apps, marking the end of the most successful challenge to date. All told, 304 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 48 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C. More than 10,000 students registered for the competition.

Aidan’s created his free Winditions app last winter when he was a sophomore to provide user-collected real-time conditions at winter sports venues. It helps those who enjoy winter sports and recreation to find out what conditions to expect before they arrive at a venue.

To learn more about the Congressional App Challenge, click HERE