Three Plano students recognized in Congressional App Challenge

Madhalasa Iyer helps explain how IdeaPedia works in a video submitted for the Congressional App Challenge

Three Plano students recently earned honorable mention recognition for their submission to the Congressional App Challenge. Madhalasa Iyer of Plano Senior High School, Isha Agrawal of Jasper High School, and Abdullah Kabeer from Plano East collaborated on an app called IdeaPedia.

The software provides a platform where people from various fields can submit problems that they face. Inventors can then accept the challenge and work to develop creative solutions for them.  The interface is designed to be user-friendly and allows the person who presented the problem to review all of the solutions provided by inventors and creative thinkers.

The Congressional App Challenge was created by the US House of Representatives as a way to foster an appreciation for computer science and STEM. Each congressperson hosts an annual computer science or app competition.

The three Plano students participated in Rep. Van Taylor’s competition, which included students from much of Collin County Frisco students Sarthak Dhawan of Liberty High and Rudransh Arora of Centennial High took top honors for their app WorkBee.

“As the STEM field becomes increasingly important to the future of our nation, it is encouraging to see so many middle and high school students engaged in coding and taking an interest in pursuing careers in computer science,” Taylor said when he announced the winners.  “This year, my office received a lot of outstanding app submissions, and I would like to thank every student who participated and commend them for their hard work.”



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