Second Year of Award Captured Again at STEM HS

Congressional App Challenge Goes to APS
Posted on 12/13/2018
Image of Anonymous Security Center VideoFor the second year of the Congressional App Challenge, created last year by Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Akron Public Schools students have captured the award. Again this year, also, it is students from the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) STEM High School.

Congressman Tim Ryan is proud to announce the winning team for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge: Ben Engdahl, Ean Eisenzimmer, Kaleb Wells, and Noah Klein from the National Inventors Hall of Fame High School. Their app entitled “Anonymous Security Center” allows students to anonymously report problems to teachers and administrators that could potentially jeopardize school safety. To view the students’ submission video, click here.

“Every year, I’m always amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of our students. This year was no different. I want to congratulate Ben Engdahl, Ean Eisenzimmer, Kaleb Wells and Noah Klein from NIHF STEM High School in Akron for their work on this impressive app and efforts in enhancing school safety,” said Congressman Ryan. “I also want to commend the goals of the Congressional App Challenge, which is to ensure continued growth and innovation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and to encourage students to excel in those occupations.”

“I really enjoy inventing things, coding gives me a chance to be creative,” said Ben Engdahl.

“We all played to our strengths during the challenge in order to work toward making a quality product,” said Ean Eisenzimmer.

“I feel like our team was able to use collaboration skills to their fullest while participating in the challenge,” said Kaleb Wells.

“I really enjoyed working with my friends, on a project that can actually help people,” said Noah Klein.

About The Congressional App Challenge:
The Congressional App Challenge was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as a million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the U.S. invests in our youth now and helps them acquire the skills necessary to pursue these careers in the future. This nationwide competition highlights the creativity and talent of the students in each Congressional District, with each district selecting a winner(s) and their app to be prominently featured at the U.S. Capitol. Congressman Ryan was one of two Congressional Co-Chairs for this year’s challenge.

Recognizing the racial, gendered and other disparities in the tech sector, the CAC also focuses on inclusivity and making the Challenge widely accessible to students from all backgrounds. For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit
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