Rep. Banks Announces Congressional App Competition Winners

(FORT WAYNE) – Representative Jim Banks announced today that Homestead High School students Kobe Chen and Jack Gardner are the winners of the 2019 Congressional App Competition for Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District.

Rep. Jim Banks

Kobe and Jack’s app’s name is Radioactive Isotope Mass Calculator and it calculates the amount of radioactive isotope remaining after a certain amount of time. Radioactive dating is a method scientists use to date materials such as rocks or carbon.

“To effectively compete with adversarial countries like China and Russia, American students must be encouraged to pursue scientific passions,” said Rep. Banks. “Kobe and Jack’s app capitalizes on the relationship between science and technology, and I applaud them for harnessing technology to learn more about our world. I’d like to thank all our students who participated in the competition this year.”

The Congressional App Challenge launched in 2014 to encourage students nationwide to code. The Congressional App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields.

The competition was open to middle school and high school students who live or attend school in IN-03. The full set of eligibility rules for individual and team entries can be found at