Jaime Herrera Beutler Announces Congressional “STEM App Challenge” Competition for Southwest Washington Students
Congressional App Challenge is open to Southwest Washington middle and high school students; submissions due October 19
Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced Southwest Washington students will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Congressional App Challenge, an original app competition designed to inspire innovation in STEM and computer science education.
“I’m excited to once again host the Congressional App Challenge for our Southwest Washington students,” Jaime said. “In our technology driven world, STEM education is becoming increasingly essential, and this contest provides students a fun and creative way to become involved and allows them to sharpen their STEM skills. I’m looking forward to seeing what our brilliant young minds design and create this year!”
This event is open to all middle and high school students. Students can choose to work individually or in groups of 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.
Winning apps are eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building, featured on the U.S. House of Representative’s website, and will receive Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits. Winning students will also be invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C.
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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.