Sunset students create gaming app, earn congressional invite to Washington D.C.

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A group of Sunset High School students have been invited to Washington D.C. next month to showcase an app they created to members of congress and the tech community.

In 2018, more than 220 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives held a Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students in computer science and spans 47 states and territories.

Over four months, more than 5,000 students coded original apps as part of the district-wide competitions hosted by their members of congress.

The office of Representative Marc A. Veasey was happy to announce Texas’ 33rd Congressional District winner to be the Scape app created by Sunset High School’s Lauren Diaz, Elihu Mora, Memphis Mitchell, and Juliann Navejas. They created a gaming app where users can destroy enemies and collect coins on their way to each level.

Over 5,200 students participated in the regional competitions. They submitted over 1,700 original student-created apps, a 96-percent growth in number of apps from the previous year’s App Challenge.

The Sunset teams and other winners are invited to showcase their app at the #HouseOfCode reception happening May 9 at the United States Capitol. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in AWS credits donated by Amazon Web Services’ AWS Educate program.

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