U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced the Congressional App Challenge is now open for high school students throughout the 13th Congressional District. This initiative is to encourage student engagement in coding and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields.
“Innovation and technology drive the success of our nation,” said Davis. “This competition not only highlights the importance of STEM education but also encourage more students to engage in these fields.”
The 2017 Congressional App Challenge submission period will run now through November 1, 2017. The apps will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winner will be on display in the U.S. Capitol building.
Last year’s winning entry from my district was “Interactive Computer Diagram” by Seth Davey and Ian McAtee from Edwardsville High School. Their application allows users to view the various components of computer hardware and their functions, providing an interactive educational experience.
Background: Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app”, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.