Congressional App Challenge
The seventh annual congressional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academic competition, the Congressional App Challenge, is officially underway. Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that invites middle and high school students from all participating congressional districts to compete by creating their original software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields.
Congressional App Challenge FAQs
What is the Congressional App Challenge?
Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that invites middle and high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting their original software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The competition is designed to inspire students to explore STEM, coding, and computer science through hands-on learning. Additionally, the Congressional App Challenge works to actively engage students from communities traditionally underrepresented in these fields, while connecting Members of Congress to emerging technologies through interactions with their student constituents.
Who can participate?
Middle and high school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in the Second Congressional District can participate. To confirm your eligibility, please visit https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/rules/. Participants must be in middle school or high school on November 1st, 2021.
Can home-schooled students participate?
Yes. Any middle or high school student who lives in the Second Congressional District or is eligible to attend public school in the district can compete.
Can students submit in teams?
Yes. The maximum team size is four students, two of whom must reside in or be eligible to attend public high school in the Second Congressional District.
Do I need previous coding experience?
No! The Congressional App Challenge is open to students of all experience levels. There are many free resources provided by the sponsors that will help you learn to code.
When can I register and how can I submit my entry?
Participating students must first confirm eligibility and register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/. Beginning on June 24th, students can create an account here and submit an entry for the Congressional App Challenge. All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.
When will the contest occur?
Students can submit their original app from June 24, 2021 until November 1, 2021. Judging will take place in November and district winners will be announced in December.
What must contestants submit for consideration?
Participating students must submit a demonstration video of their app with an entry form. The source code for the app must be available for inspection by the judges. See a full list of requirements here.
How will my app be judged?
Apps will be judged based on the following criteria:
a) Quality of the idea, including creativity and originality;
b) Implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and
c) Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
How will the winners be recognized?
The winner from Second Congressional District will be featured on https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/congress/ and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol to honor the winners from across the country. Additionally, the winner will be invited to participate in #HouseofCode in Washington, DC!
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