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Students at Rising Tide Charter Public School Win Congressional App Challenge for Their District
PLYMOUTH, MA (November 28, 2018)—Rising Tide Charter Public School (Rising Tide) is pleased to announce that its Software Development Independent Study students won the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for the Ninth District of Massachusetts. The winning app was submitted by the team made up of Rising Tide seniors, Nora Rooney, Emma Riley, Joseph Turner, and Robert Brodin.
“My goal in hosting this competition for students in the Ninth District has always been to encourage them to explore how they can use technology to address problems they see in their everyday lives," said Congressman Bill Keating. "Many of this year’s submissions provided solutions to societal challenges such as opioid abuse, texting while driving, and pollution of our waterways. The winning submission from the students at Rising Tide Charter School impressed our judges for the level of technical expertise and the clear explanation of the concept. I look forward to congratulating the winning students in person.”
Run by the US House of Representatives, the CAC is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education fields. Each year, according to the CAC website, they “challenge students to create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the CAC. This nationwide event allows high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or ‘app’, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.”
The Rising Tide students won for their Voter Registration App, which gives voters all the information they need on voting day. Not only does the app provide a list of candidates running and the ballet questions being presented, but the app offers resources, such as register instructions and voting locations. Their target audience is first-time voters, the same age as the students who created the app.
“I have proudly witnessed Emma, Joe, Nora, and Rob grow as thinkers while at Rising Tide,” said Theresa Szczepanski, Upper School Mathematics Teacher and the Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the intersection of problem-solving and software design with them, and I am proud to see them recognized for their hard work.”
The students' app will now be judged against the winners of the other participating districts in the country. They will be recognized at Rising Tide in March or April when Congressman Keating visits the school. Each team member will be congratulated and presented a Congressional Citation.