Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge is a nation-wide effort allowing students to compete against their peers by creating and an application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. The Challenge is meant to encourage innovation and engagement in coding and computer science and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
The Congressional App Challenge is open to all eligible middle and high school-aged students in the New York’s 20th Congressional District, regardless of coding experience. Students entering the competition must submit their app on CongressionalAppChallenge.us during the Competition Submission Period between 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time on June 24th 2021 and November 1st, 2021.
The winning individual or team will be chosen by an appointed panel of local expert judges, will receive an invitation to a reception held in their honor, and will be featured on CongressionalAppChallenge.us. The winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners from across the country. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
1. quality of the idea, including creativity and originality;
2. implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and
3. demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
For more information about the Competition, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. There, you can find information specific to teachers and schools and students.
Additional questions or concerns can also be directed to Nadja Pope at Nadja.Pope@mail.house.gov or (518) 465-0700.