Congressional App Challenge #HouseOfCode
Did I say this was for all students across the country? No, though it might have been implied. A congressperson must opt into the program in order for their constituents to compete.
Here’s what you need to know.
The 2019 Congressional App Challenge
The annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a Congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in STEM and, more specifically, computer science. Middle and high school students from across America are invited to participate as individuals or in teams. Click for the full set of rules. The new challenge is live as of July 9, 2019. Entries will be accepted through November 1, 2019.
In order to participate, a child must live or go to school in a participating congressional district. See the full list here. They need to code an app in any language for any platform (phone, tablet, robot, etc.) In addition to building the app, applicants need to create a video explaining what the app does and how it works.
The Challenge winners get recognition from their Member of Congress, and their app will be displayed on Capitol Hill. Learn what you need to know to compete on the CAC site.
The CAC aims to bridge the gender, geographic, and racial gaps in tech by building the domestic pipeline of future tech innovators. In its first three years, the program inspired over 8,800 students across 43 states and territories to code over 2,400 apps for desktop PCs, web, tablets, mobiles or other platforms. Participant demographics in the 605 App Challenges surpassed all tech industry diversity metrics. This year, the Congressional App Challenge strives to build upon this success.
The Congressional App Challenge in Illinois
Not all local Representatives are participating at this point, but maybe a few constituent calls to their offices will change their minds.
These are the Reps who are all in as of July 2019.
IL03 (Daniel Lipinski)
IL05 (Mike Quigley)
IL06 (Sean Casten)
IL08 (Raja Krishnamoorthi)
IL10 (Bradley Schneider)
IL11 (Bill Foster)
IL18 (Darin LaHood)
Ready, Set, Code!
Remember, the deadline is November 1, 2019.
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