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Congressional App Challenge

Below is the language to be considered for the tab on the official congressional website in regards to the Congressional App Challenge:

Congressional App Challenge

THINK OF AN APP YOU’D LIKE TO CREATE

Do you want to create a game? Do you want to create an app to solve a problem? There is no limit to what you can create for the Congressional App Challenge.

DESIGN YOUR APP

What will your app look like? What does it need to accomplish?

ABOUT

I am excited to announce the 2021 Congressional App Challenge, the most prestigious competition in computer science. North Carolina’s Second District is one of hundreds of participating districts and thousands of students nationwide to participate.

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge encourages middle and high school students from across the country to develop an innovative app for a mobile device or computer. The competition is designed to expose students to the world of app development without requiring prior coding experience. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and network with leading STEM educators and employers from North Carolina’s 2nd District, who will act as mentors and judges in the competition.

ELIGIBILITY AND RESOURCES:

The winners of the competition will have their app featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Students may register at: https://congressionalappchallenge.us.

To assist students in their app idea development, the Congressional App Challenge has partnered with sponsor STEM organizations to provide free resources that students can use to learn how to Code at Home. Students may access these free resources at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/code-at-home.

GENERAL RULES:

  • Students must either be in middle or high school
  • Students can participate in up to teams of four
  • For teams, 50% of the students must either live or go to school in the district
  • For solo students, the student must either live or go to school in the district
  • Students have until November 1st to submit their apps.
  • Apps can be coded on any platform, using any programming language, on any topic

IMPORTANT DATES

May – Student pre-registration opens

June 24 – Challenge officially launches

November 1 – Deadline for students to register and submit their app online

November – Judging period

December – Winners announced!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Students are eligible as long as they live or attend high school or middle school in the Second District. If you do not reside or attend school in this District, you can check other participating districts. Students can also participate in teams up to four – at least two of the students must live or attend school in the District.

Q: What do I need to do to register?

A: Students must register for the challenge at: congressionalappchallenge.us. Only participating students may complete the registration. Teachers may not complete this on behalf of students.

Q: Do I need experience in coding?

A: Not at all! The App Idea Challenge allows for students to explore coding for the first time, or to advance their skills. A finished app is not required for final submission. Instead, a 1-3-minute video and answers to questions will be required.

Q: What is required for final submission?

A: Students will need to submit a 1-3-minute video detailing their app or app proposal, and answers to questions about the app idea process. A complete app is not required, but a final, fully detailed proposal is expected. For more information on the content on the video and other submission requirements, please view these materials.

Q: How many apps can I submit?

A: Each student or team may only submit one app to a single District.

Q: I created an app or app proposal for a different project. Can I submit that app to the competition?

A: Absolutely! Students may submit apps created for other programs or projects, as long as it meets the eligibility criteria listed above.

Q: What resources will be available during the Challenge?

A: To assist students in their app idea development, the Congressional App Challenge has partnered with sponsor STEM organizations to provide free resources that students can use to learn how to Code at Home. Students can access these free resources at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/code-at-home.

Additional online resources are also available here.

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Instagram: @congressionalappchallenge

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Twitter: @CongressionalAC