Every year, Congress hosts the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition for middle and high school students to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The event allows high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
While not all Members of Congress choose to have their Districts participate, Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell making the most of the opportunity to promote STEM in her District and has extended an invitation to all high school students in the 7th District to participate in the 2018 App Challenge.
“Giving our students a chance to build their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math sets our next generation up to compete for better jobs in a growing economy,” said Sewell. “The Congressional App Challenge gives students an opportunity to tap into their creativity, develop skills in the STEM field, and build something of their own. I encourage all students to explore this unique opportunity by entering the competition. I am confident students in Alabama’s 7th congressional district have the talent to produce some of the very best apps submitted for this year’s competition and I look forward to seeing what they create.”
Through the Congressional App Challenge, students in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District may enter as teams to create and submit ideas for original applications. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality, implementation of the idea, including user experience and design, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills. The Congressional App Challenge is coordinated by the congressional staff of each congressional district which hosts a Challenge.
Students may register to participate through Monday, Sept. 10.
For more information on how students in your area can participate in the Congressional App Challenge for Alabama’s 7th District, contact Kaia Greene at (205) 254-1960 or by email at Kaia.Greene@mail.house.gov.