A 9th grade student from the Armenian Academy at Blair High School in Pasadena has been named one of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge finalists, according to a report by Asbarez, a newspaper and news site serving the Armenian community. -American from Southern California.
Ruben Ghazarian, the son of Pasadena residents Garabed and Lucine Ghazarian, was among 27 high school students who participated in the Congressional App Challenge in California’s 27th district.
The report says U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, who represents the 27th District which includes Pasadena, announced five finalists and the winner on Dec. 16.
The report adds that Ghazarian has been coding for over two years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the challenge. His app, called “Resto-Math”, took him more than two months to develop, using his free time between classes and at home.
Ghazarian said he designed the app to help students learn math in an entertaining way, without being repetitive. He hopes to one day pursue a career in business, computer science, engineering or robotics.
The Congressional App Challenge is a national coding challenge created by a 2013 House of Representatives resolution and aims to encourage high school students to learn to code by creating their own apps.
With the help of the Internet Education Foundation, US congressional leaders wanted to foster an appreciation for computing and STEM. Every year since then, members of Congress issue a challenge to students in their district to create and submit their original applications for a chance to win the challenge.
Each challenge is specific to a neighborhood. U.S. Representatives publicly recognize their winning teams, and each winning application may be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year.
To learn more about the Congressional App Challenge, visit www.congressionalappchallenge.