The House Student App Challenge:

Modeled after the Congressional Art Competition, the House Student App Challenge promotes Computer Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by recognizing and incentivizing our nation’s young programming talent.

The House Student App Challenge is open to all high school students in participating districts. The inaugural App Challenge will run from February 1 to April 30, 2014.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo serve as the 2014 App Challenge Co-chairs. Members of the House of Representatives can register to host an App Challenge at studentappchallenge.house.gov

This new competition, which is hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives, is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. It is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application (“app”) for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice. Throughout the competition period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners, located within their own communities, to mentor and assist them with their app development.

The Congressional App Challenge Coalition:

The Congressional App Challenge Coalition proudly serves as the official STEM advisor to the House of Representatives’ Student App Challenge. We applaud the leaders of the House of Representatives who have pledged to inspire students in their districts by hosting Congressional app challenges. We encourage you to join them as they challenge students to compete against each other in app design and programming, and to provide Members of the Congress the opportunity to encourage and recognize the technical and creative talents of their young constituents.

Young People will:

  • Be motivated to pursue computer programming and technology-related education.
  • Build closer ties with future potential high-tech employers.

Members of Congress will:

  • Have the opportunity to recognize the young talent within their congressional districts.
  • Get more hands-on experience with technology tools and the young entrepreneurs who make and use them.

Internet Stakeholders will:

  • Inspire young people to be more actively engaged with programming and technology education.
  • Show policymakers the unique role of technology and innovation.
  • Build an expanded audience for their technology tools and platforms.

How it will enhance CS and STEM education:

  • Recognizing young programming talent.
  • Encouraging young programmers to develop their skills to win the Challenge.
  • Increasing visibility of programming to inspire nonprogrammers to pursue STEM fields.
  • Showcasing the value of programming skills to the public at large.
  • Giving Members of Congress the opportunity to interact with young programmers to understand the need for STEM education.

How to get involved: