Davis Announces Congressional App Challenge for High School Students
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.
Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, this competition is a nationwide event that 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.
“Innovation and technology drive the success of our nation,” said Davis. “This competition not only highlights the importance of STEM education but also encourages more students to engage in these fields.”
Students entering the competition should sign up as soon as they know they plan to submit an app at www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration/ and must submit the app by Nov. 1st. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four – as long as two of the teammates reside within the 13th Congressional District.
The apps will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and computer science fields. Last year’s winning entry from the 13th district was “Checkout” by Wesley Hershberger from Normal West High School. For his submission he created an app that scans barcodes and totals sales with the intention of expediting the checkout process at a market run by a local organization.
For additional details, visit www.rodneydavis.house.gov/student-center/cong-app-challenge. Anyone with questions should contact Jenny Baldwin at (217) 403-4690 or Jenny.Baldwin@mail.house.gov.