Students from Monmouth County’s High Technology High School will represent NJ’s 6th Congressional District in the Congressional App Challenge for the second straight year.
The app they created – which makes it easier for first responders to find people in an emergency situation – was selected by US Rep. Frank Pallone to represent his district in the national competition, now in its third year.
“I read about this girl who was biking and she fell into a river and then it took 20 minutes for first responders to come, and by the time they came she died,” said student Rishi Salwi.
The Congressional App Challenge has three goals:
- To inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding and computer science through hands-on practice
- To actively include and engage students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the tech community
- To innovate policymaking by connecting Members of Congress to new and emerging technologies through personal interactions with their student constituents.
- About half of the Members of Congress conduct competitions in their districts.