Palatine, Hoffman Estates students score awards in Congressional App Challenge
A team of four students from Palatine and Hoffman Estates recently won third place awards in the Congressional App Challenge for their Element Finder website, a release from Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), who presented the award, said.
The Element Finder team consists of Arnav Passi of Palatine and Michael Paekh, Tommy Kovathana and Brandon Rosero of Hoffman Estates.
“For the 2017 Congressional App Challenge, (we) created the Element Finder and Calculator website,” the team said in an explanatory video about their app. “The purpose of this website is to provide the user with help to find a specific element and the information about it. … This app is quite simple to use, which was our main goal. We wanted to have simplicity for the user.”
Passi, Paekh, Kovathana and Rosero were four of more than 4,000 students to compete in this year’s app challenge, which is run annually to promote computer science skills, technical talent and innovative thinking, Roskam’s release said.
“The Congressional App Challenge ensures that we continue to support our students and provide them an opportunity to acquire the skills needed to qualify for high paying tech jobs and build companies that create more opportunities throughout the tech industry,” Roskam said in the release. “I am proud of all students that submitted their apps for the competition and I congratulate our winners.”