Marquette senior Kailin Zhang is a winner in the 2019 2nd District Congressional App Challenge.
The software application she designed with another student, "Supergirls Code," claimed the top prize in this year's competition.
"Our app was aimed at bringing curriculum and access through a smartphone," said Zhang.
It's a part of something bigger.
"We began mentoring students at a local elementary school, and then founded an organization to help bring computer science education to young girls," said Zhang.
The Congressional App Challenge is a national competition highlighting the value of computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge allows students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their app for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
Since its inception, the Congressional App Challenge has inspired tens of thousands of students across 48 states to program an app.
After graduating from Marquette, Zhang hopes to study computer science in college.