US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces winner of app challenge

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard recently announced the Maui High School STEMworks Team as the winner of her 2018 Congressional App Challenge. Maya Hickman, Johnel Torrejas, Dane Payba and Katherine Stevens created and developed QuadSolver, a tool to check answers for math problems involving the quadratic formula, without using a calculator.

“The Congressional App Challenge provides us the opportunity to recognize the creativity, innovation and coding abilities of our students across Hawaii and around the country,” said Gabbard. Hoomaikai (congratulations) to Maya, Johnel, Dane, and Katherine and mahalo nui loa to all of the students who submitted an app, all of the judges, teachers, and parents who support our students, and our community for prioritizing STEM skills that set our future leaders up for success in the 21st century economy.”

Judges included Cheyenne Ehrlich, founder and CEO of SaferKid; David Brookshire “Brook” Conner, assistant superintendent and chief information officer of the Hawaii Department of Education; and Mellanie Soriano, software developer for Jr. DevLeague.