Sign up for the Congressional App Challenge!
I invite all high school students from the 15th Congressional District of Florida to participate in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge, kicking off on July 26.
Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software applications (“apps”) for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
As our high school students begin thinking about college and their future career goals, it is imperative we invest in them by helping them acquire valuable STEM and computer-based skills. This program is a great way for students to pursue these skills, and to be recognized for their efforts.
The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skill levels are highly encouraged to participate to learn how to create their own apps.
Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as two of the teammates are eligible to participate in District 15. Students must submit their apps through the Challenge’s website by 12 p.m. EST on November 1, 2017. Each submission must include an explanation of the software created and what the students learned during the competition process.
The apps will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields. The app of the winning student or team in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.house.gov), and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.
For additional information and to REGISTER, visit www.congressionalappchallenge.us.
I look forward to seeing the amazing apps submitted by District 15's talented students!
What is the Congressional App Challenge?
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district.
Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The district-wide competitions, now in their third year, take place from July through early November. The CAC is executed by the Congressional staff of each participating district, and coordinated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and the non-governmental sponsor of the project, the Internet Education Foundation.
The Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education:
- Inspire: To inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding and computer science through hands-on practice;
- Include: To actively include and engage students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the tech community; and
- Innovate: To innovate policymaking by connecting Members of Congress to new and emerging technologies through personal interactions with their student constituents.
A Brief History of the CAC
The idea for the Congressional App Challenge was first publicly introduced in 2013, when the House passed H. Res. 77 – Academic Competition Resolution of 2013 with overwhelming support, 411 to 3. In 2014, the House of Representatives ran a pilot version of the program, under the leadership of Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA). When over 80 Members participated, the House realized that the program’s tremendous potential.
In 2015, the Committee on House Administration appointed the Internet Education Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit to serve as the program’s non-governmental sponsor, and launched the first official CAC under Congressional Co-Chairs Reps. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) took over as co-chairs in 2016, and in the first 2 years of the Challenge, the CAC has reached nearly 4000 students across 33 states.