By Communications Specialist, Grades 9-12, Maegan Azpiazu
As winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's district (FL-27), Gulliver Prep's Gaetan Almela '19 and Kristian Zedan '19 traveled to Capitol Hill for the Third Annual #HouseOfCode Demo Day on April 12.
The pair demonstrated their winning app, ChromaTilt -- designed to help people with color blindness to better distinguish colors in real life -- to lawmakers as part of the #HouseOfCode Summit. Gaetan and Kristian, joined by over 200 other CAC winners from 39 states, were recognized for their achievements and participated in various career and STEM enrichment activities.
Gaetan and Kristian's ChromaTilt app will be featured for one year on permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the House.gov website.
The Congressional App Challenge promotes education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field. In 2017, 190 Congressional districts across 42 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents. Over 4,100 students participated, yielding 1,270 original student-created apps.
Of the five apps that placed for district FL-27 this year, Gulliver Prep students won first place, runner-up, and two honorable mentions. It marked the second-straight year Gulliver has won its district's Challenge, as Vicki Rios '17 took first place in 2016 with her Simple Sign app.
To read more about ChromaTilt, click here.