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Murphy Announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge Winner

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ORLANDO–U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge for Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Dylan Harte, a senior at Lake Mark Preparatory School in Seminole County, created the winning app, Pre-Calculus Buddy, to help students study the various topics covered in their pre-calculus curriculum. The Congressional App Challenge is part of a national effort to support and encourage education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

Dylan’s app uses formulas to help students calculate solutions or check answers on a given problem. Dylan will now have the opportunity to attend a virtual coding academy, referred to as #HouseofCode, this spring to connect with other app challenge winners and the broader tech community.

“I am so excited that I am able to blend my love of math and programming in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge with Pre-Calculus Buddy,” Dylan said. “My app brings innovation in the precalculus learning process that will help students learn from their errors and offer them a better overall learning experience.”

“I am very proud of Dylan for creating an app that is focused on helping his peers. As Chair Emeritus of Future Forum, I’m excited to see young people utilizing their talents to improve the lives of others,” said Murphy. “I also want to thank all the parents, teachers, and mentors who encourage students like Dylan to use their skills to make a difference. I will continue to support STEAM development in our schools so that more students have the opportunity to contribute to their communities.”

Since it launched in 2015, nearly 9,000 high school students have participated in the Congressional App Challenge. Through this nationwide competition, the Internet Education Foundation seeks to foster a youth appreciation for computer science and STEAM-based education.

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