PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Code Girls United
PO Box 8272
Kalispell. MT 59904

 

Code Girls United Tech Trio team
from Kalispell wins the
Congressional App Challenge! 


Code Girls United Tech Trio team from Kalispell, MT has won the Congressional App Challenge for Montana’s Congressional district.

The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows middle and high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, and is the most prestigious prize in student computer science. Winning teams apps are put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Tech Trio app DriveRight was developed as a result of the recent tragedy involving a young girl hit when a vehicle failed to stop for a school bus.  The girls felt there was a lack of understanding of the state driving laws.  Their app DriveRight helps new and existing drivers learn Montana’s state driving laws in a way that is fun and interactive. The girls conducted research with the Montana Highway Patrol and Montana Department of Transportation to develop their app which includes the following functionality:  

  • A Flash Card page with preloaded and user defined cards.

  • A Scenario Game with the most commonly confused driving situations. 

  • A Quiz page which contains the Montana Drivers Test questions.

  • A DMV near you finder.

  • A page with Montana state driving laws and helpful tips for drivers.

  • Watch their video entry:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NnNtGK5xrI

Code Girls United is extremely proud of the hard work the Tech Trio team put into their creation. Our after school program combines real-world coding for young girls in fourth to eighth grade with practical business skills. And, our approach works: program participants have won scholarship money, statewide competitions, and this is the second year in a row that a Code Girls United team has won the Congressional App Challenge.

Studies have shown that 80% of girls participating in programs like Code Girls United have increased self-confidence.  Additionally, 58% of participating girls go on to pursue further Computer Science education. Code Girls United mission is to expand the future career opportunities of 4th-8th grade girls through hands-on experiences in coding, technology, and business. The program runs throughout the school year, and has expanded to 4 Montana locations outside of the Flathead Valley, in addition to an online program, and an advanced program. 

Please visit https://codegirlsunited.org if you would like more information or would like to support Code Girl’s United.