Congressional App Challenge Announces Partnership with STEMFuture

Washington, D.C. – The 2018 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) announces a partnership with STEMFuture, an international STEM education nonprofit, whose core mission is to equip all youth with essential STEM and computer skills. The four core principles of STEMFuture are innovation, eSafety, diversity and impact.

“Together, the Congressional App Challenge and STEMFuture aim to increase familiarity and engagement with coding among U.S. middle and high schoolers,” said Congressional App Challenge Director Rachel Décoste.

“STEMFuture’s partnership with the Congressional App Challenge will help equip more youth with essential STEM and computer science skills. The nature and structure of the CAC ensures that youth will not only gain invaluable computer science knowledge, but they will be “learning by doing”, as they will utilize their skills in developing their apps. This partnership is an amazing step in the direction of ensuring that all youth have basic STEM skills to navigate the STEM-filled world around them.”

– Founder Shuba Prasadh

Shuba Prasadh, the founder of STEMFuture, is a junior at Parsippany High School in New Jersey, and she plans on studying computer science and business. Shuba’s passion for spreading STEM education and creating positive social impact led her to found STEMFuture, through which she aims to equip all youth with essential STEM skills to help them navigate the growing world of STEM around them.

Thus far this year, over 180 Members of Congress are hosting App Challenges in their respective districts. Middle and high school students are strongly encouraged to register their intent to participate in the Congressional App Challenge by October 15. Details available at:


About the Congressional App Challenge

The CAC is a congressional initiative, managed by the Internet Education Foundation [IEF], a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In the first 3 years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 605 App Challengesacross 42 states. Over 2,400 apps have been created by nearly 9,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics. This year, the CAC initiative aims to reach even more constituents.