Each year, Congress hosts the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition for high school students to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

Each year, Congress hosts the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition for high school students to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. I am very excited to extend an invitation to all high school students in my district to participate in the 2017 App Challenge. Students can choose to work on their own or in teams of up to four students to create an app on any topic for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice.

As the technology industry plays a growing role in our economy, STEM education is an increasingly important component of today’s schooling. All students are welcome to submit an entry, regardless of their level of experience with coding. Students will expand their knowledge of programming during the development of their app and will have the opportunity to work with our partner technology experts for a fun and educational experience.

The competition extends to November 1, 2017, and students may participate either as part of a school assignment or on their own. Registration for the CAC takes place online, where students will submit their app along with a short demonstration video. The CAC website contains all the guidelines for the challenge: www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us. Additionally, there are resource organizations and companies listed on the website which offer professional volunteers whom will assist students in their coding and App Challenge journey.

If you have any questions about participating in the Congressional App Challenge, please contact Diane Williams in the Granbury office at 682-936-2577 or Diane.Williams@mail.house.gov. I look forward to working with students, educators, and parents to expand computer science and STEM education efforts in the 11th District.