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Jaime Herrera Beutler Announces “STEM App Challenge” Competition for Southwest Washington High School Students

The Congressional App Challenge is open to high school students, inspires innovation in STEM & computer science education

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Vancouver, July 17, 2018 | comments
Today, U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler announced Southwest Washington high school students will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Congressional App Challenge, an original app competition designed to challenge and stimulate young, innovative students.
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Today, U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler announced Southwest Washington high school students will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Congressional App Challenge, an original app competition designed to challenge and stimulate young, innovative students. 

I am excited to once again help host this year’s congressional app-building challenge in Southwest Washington and look forward to seeing what comes from our brilliant, young minds,” said Jaime. “This contest offers a great opportunity for students to combine creativity with STEM skills that will serve them in school and beyond.”

This year’s event is open to high school students, with students choosing to work individually or in groups up to four. The competition invites students to create software applications, or “apps,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The winners will be chosen from a group of judges made up of STEM educators and technology professionals from Southwest Washington. The winning app will be featured on the House of Representatives’ website, House.Gov, and the winning participants will also receive a monetary prize.

How to register:

·         To register and read the competition rules, visit www.congressionalappchallenge.us

·         Submissions are due by October 15th.

Purpose of the Congressional App Challenge:

The Congressional App Competition was created because Congress recognized that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by many as a million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial students are given the opportunity to acquire these valuable skills.

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