Peoria students win Congressional App Challenge for their app ‘FinEdForkids’


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Peoria, IL

US Congresswoman Debbie Lesko announced the winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. Om Bankar and Aayush Abhilash, students at BASIS Peoria, won this year’s challenge for their app called FinEdForKids, which provides students with resources to achieve financial literacy at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

“I am so pleased to congratulate Om Bankar and Aayush Abhilash for winning this year’s Congressional App Challenge for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District,” said Congresswoman Lesko. “FinEdForKids is a commonsense app that will hopefully educate children of all ages on how to use and save their money for the future. It is an honor to represent so many bright students, and it is wonderful to see them using their talents and creativity through these apps to help others!”

FinEdForKids was selected from several entries from middle and high school students across the district. Students were invited to submit apps written in any programming language for any platform. The winner from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on The app will also be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners from across the country.

The purpose of the challenge is “to inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding and computer science through hands-on practice,” according to the website.

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