Congressional App Challenge
I am pleased to announce that my office is hosting the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. The Challenge is a national competition highlighting the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and 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 software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
This competition is open to all students, working individually or in teams of up to four, who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate, enabling them to learn how to create their own apps. Students entering the competition must provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process, such as coding or graphic design. The deadline to register and submit your entry for this year’s challenge is November 1, 2019.
The submitted apps will be judged by a panel of experts from Missouri’s 2nd District, with the winner announced in early December. The winning app from each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov), and as part of a U.S. Capitol exhibit.
I know how crucial these skills are and wants to encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.