• Congratulations to MHS 11th grader, Sreekara Dandibhotla, for winning the 2021 Congressional App Challenge! Sreekara created the app Intelligent Plant Watering System. It uses rainfall data to determine, and automatically implement, plant watering schedules to conserve water and save time.

    Check out Sreekara’s demonstration video: 

    What is the Congressional App Challenge?

    Officially launched in 2015, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district (MSD is in District 4) by creating and exhibiting their software application (AKA Apps) for web, PC, tablet, mobile, raspberry Pi or other platform of their choice. Students can create their app using any programming language, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, "block code", etc.

    Students were able to compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.

    The apps were evaluated by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from each congressional district which hosted a Challenge will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.house.gov) and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

    For additional details, you can visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.