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Congressional App Challenge

September 16, 2019 - Middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in the Congressional App Challenge to showcase their creativity and ability in the STEM fields. 

Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education. 

The competition allows students to compete with peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Students may compete as individuals or as teams of up to four. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online by midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 1, 2019, as well as provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through participating in the competition.

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,, and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. Students will also get the opportunity to meet their representative, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who will honor their work and announce their selection as the winner at a district awards ceremony. 

Congresswoman Bonamici’s App Challenge webpage

Congressional App Challenge website

Congressional App Challenge rules