Tech-savvy South Jersey teens win app challenge

South Jersey is home to an award-winning app.

Four members of the Haddonfield Memorial High School (HMHS) Computer Science Club won the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for New Jersey’s First Congressional District for designing an easy way to track nutrition.

The junior and senior high school students – Julian George, Dmitry Seilin, Pierre Yan and Yaodong Yu – created a nutrition app used by students and parents at their school to learn more about the nutritional content of the food served in lunches.

HMHS junior Julian George said the app helped dispel rumors about nutrition in the high school. “Many students and parents believe that school lunches may not be healthy. By using our app, you are able to review the nutritional information data of your schools lunch, you realize the lunch is healthy,” he said in a press release announcing the winners.

“Not only did we learn how to create an app, we also developed project management skills and strengthened our ability to work together as a team,” he added.

The annual Congressional App Challenge is a nation-wide effort to spur interest in coding, STEM and computer-science education among middle- and high-school students.

All winners are invited to the nation’s capital for the #HouseOfCode summit, which will include a reception where students demonstrate their winning apps to Members of Congress and the tech community.

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