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Cárdenas Announces 2019 Congressional App Competition Winner

Dec 16, 2019
Press Release

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY – On Saturday, Congressmen Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced Julia Nguyen the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Competition for California’s 29th Congressional District. Julia’s app “MantisMath” is designed to make math fun and enjoyable for students who do not find the subject interesting.

“As an engineer, I understand the importance of math and coding in the age of technology" said Congressmen Cárdenas. The world is changing, and we need to encourage the next generation of workers to enter the STEM fields and prepare them for the economy of the future. I am excited to see that thousands of students across the country, like Julia, are taking an interest in coding and computer sciences at an early age. I applaud Julia for designing an app to tackle a problem that thousands of students face. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the 2019 Congressional App Competition.”

“I feel really happy, I didn’t think I would get this far," said Julia. "I am very grateful for this opportunity. Thank you.”

To watch a video about MatisMath, click here.

Winners from each congressional district will be invited to an annual event in Washington called #HouseOfCode where they demonstrate their apps to their Representatives. The Congressional App Challenge launched in 2014 to encourage students nationwide to code and is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields.

Congressman Tony Cárdenas is a member of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Caucus. Cárdenas has a degree in engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.