By Bryan Boggiano
The Congressional App Challenge is back, and local middle and high schoolers have a chance to show off their tech savviness and coding skills.
The annual Congressional App Challenge allows students to develop mobile apps in any subject and language. The contest opened on June 15 and will accept submissions through Nov. 1 at 12 p.m.
Reps. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20) and Jared Moskowitz (FL-23) host the contest in their districts. Contest co-chairs are Reps. Zach Nunn (IA-3) and Ted Lieu (CA-36).
All high school students who live in or attend school or live in their respective districts are eligible to participate. Students may also compete in groups of up to four people.
Each representative will judge the submissions they receive, and the winning apps will be displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
The contest’s roots date back to 2013, when the U.S. House of Representatives collaborated with the Internet Education Foundation to expand computer science and STEM education.
Representatives in Congress’s lower chamber passed House Resolution 77-Academic Competition Resolution of 2013, which put the app competition’s foundation in place. In 2015, Congress passed various rules, regulations, and procedures for the competition.
The app challenge started in 2016. Since then, it has attracted more than 40,000 students in all 50 states.
- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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