DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, 190 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will announce the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. Over the last four months, thousands of students coded original apps as part of district-wide competitions hosted by Members of the House.
The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students in coding and computer science. In all, 190 Congressional districts across 42 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents. Congressional participation was widespread and remarkably bipartisan.
The office of Representative Mario Diaz-Balart is happy to announce Florida’s 25th Congressional District winner to be the VR Experience app created by Diego Mansilla and Diego Landaeta. This team attends Ronald W. Reagan Doral Senior High School in Doral, Florida. They created simple walking simulator app throughout a pleasant forest. They decided to create this app so that people of all ages could get involved on various topics with the help of simulation. “With this app, we are trying to open the eye of discovery in science, history and medicine through simulations of real life scenarios”, they proclaimed.
Over 4,100 students participated in the 14-week regional competitions. They submitted over 1,270 original student-created apps, a 96% growth in number of apps from last year’s Challenge. The rest of the winners are listed online at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to view the announcements of winners from each Member of Congress.
The Congressional App Challenge will invite winners from across the country to showcase their apps to the Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in April 2018. Their work is eligible to be featured for one year on the permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the House.gov website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits, generously donated by Amazon Web Services.
Congratulations to all the students who participated!
About the Congressional App Challenge
The CAC is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, managed by the Internet Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The first three years of the program yielded 605 challenges across 42 states. Over 2,400 apps were created by over 8,800 students, and participant demographics surpassed the tech industry’s best gender, racial and geographic diversity metrics.
The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Capital One, Microsoft, Democracy Fund, Verizon Foundation, Amazon Web Services, the United Parcel Service, Software.org: the BSA Foundation, CA Technologies, Cognizant and the Copyright Alliance. The Challenge also owes gratitude to Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo, co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who requested and supported the creation of the CAC. Additionally, thank you to Representatives Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and Tim Ryan for serving as 2017 App Challenge Co-chairs.
Join us on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
MIT App Inventor’s Guide to Creating Challenge-Worthy Apps! A live virtual webinar
MIT’s App Inventor team is collaborating with the Congressional App Challenge Coalition and Samsung to offer a special hour-long webinar for any middle and high school students from across the country who want to learn how to build an Android app with MIT App Inventor. The Webinar is geared towards anyone who wants to learn to code as well as students who want to apply these skills to enter the House Student App Challenge .
Webinar participants will learn how MIT App Inventor can help you design, build, and submit an Android app just in time for the April 30th deadline!
App Inventor is a blocks-based programming tool that makes developing Android Apps easy. The webinar will provide an introduction to App Inventor, share sample apps developed by ‘regular’ people, and share recent apps developed middle and high school students active in the App Inventor Community. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of both the App Inventor and the House Student App Challenge team.
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Let’s Get Through This Together
These are extraordinary times. Roughly 90% of Americans have been ordered to “stay at home” in order to mitigate the risk of continuing to spread the COVID-19 virus. As of April 1st, 38 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico have issued stay-at-home orders. In total, about 297 million people are under some form of shelter in place as a result of the country’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus.
Naturally, this has radically disrupted the academic year for this nation’s students. As a result, parents and educators alike are desperately scrambling for ways to keep their students academically engaged and challenged.
Aware of this need, the team at the Congressional App Challenge has put together a comprehensive webpage full of free resources from our supporters that students can use to learn how to code from home. Our hope is that students can use this period of social distancing to sharpen their coding skills, learn how to collaborate virtually, and build apps that seek to better their communities in one way or another.
Pre-registration for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge has begun, and official registration begins on June 1, 2020. With the Code at Home initiative, students can sharpen their skills and prepare to code their future with the Congressional App Challenge.
About The Congressional App Challenge
The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 1134 App Challenges across 49 states and territories. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.
Dear Partners and Supporters,
Today is the first day of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge Submission Period!
At noon today (EST), students in any participating Congressional district will be able to register to participate in the Congressional App Challenge. The Challenge is is an initiative of the House of Representatives to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science. Students can compete in local coding competitions hosted by their Representative in Congress.
We need your help getting the word out. We need to reach out every potential student competitor in every corner of every district in America. Can you please promote the Challenge by posting on social media details about the Challenge? Use the resources on this page in your social media posts or your online communications. We also have eye-catching social media visuals to use in your posts. You can also use these resources to simply email your students/constituents, or just to encourage a student you know to sign up.
As always, thank you so much for your support for CS and STEM education. Together, we’re making strides in expanding a trained and equitable tech workforce, for the benefit of our students and our country.
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The 2016 Congressional App Challenge is only possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Capital One, Intel, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and the United Parcel Service. The Challenge also owes gratitude to Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo, co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who requested and supported the creation of the CAC. Challenge execution is supported by the efforts of our Advisory Board, which includes the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Computer Science Teachers Association, Girls Who Code, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Capital One, and Cisco, as well as a broad coalition of CS-focused partners.