Al Lawson

01/08/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/08/2019 10:57

Tallahassee School of Math and Science Students Win Congressional App Challenge

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (Fl-05) is proud to announce Florida's 5th Congressional District App Challenge winners are Tallahassee School of Math and Science students Liam Tolia and Xander Frost. The Congressional App Challenge's mission is to inspire, include and innovate efforts around STEM and computer science education.

The app, 'Xander's Math Adventure,' was created to expose children, ages 5-10, to mathematics and encourage them as they grow to pursue math.

'The Congressional App Competition is a great way for students in the districts to think creatively while coding,' Rep. Lawson said. 'Liam and Xander worked hard to create an app that is not only fun, but also encourages other students to learn more about mathematics. I applaud the two young men and look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.'

This spring, Tolia and Frost will showcase their apps to members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception in Washington, DC. Their work is eligible to be featured for one year on permanent display in the U.S. Capitol and on the website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Services credits.

At Tallahassee School of Math and Science, Tolia and Frost are involved in the National Junior Honor Society, Tallahassee School of Math and Science Gifted Program, FIRST Lego League, Math Olympiad/Mini Mu, and College Mentorship Program.

More than 5,000 students coded original apps as part of the district-wide competitions hosted by their members of Congress.

To learn more about Xander's Math Adventure, visit

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