The Congressional App Challenge is open to students in high school or below, regardless of experience with coding. We highly encourage students to participate even if they’ve never coded before; the goal is to learn something new!
Recognizing that students learn in different ways and benefit from different tools, we’ve included several different educational resources. Remember that if one of them doesn’t work for you, there are many alternatives. Don’t get discouraged – just try another one!
The following resources are available to students to help them in their coding pursuits:
- Microsoft Virtual Academy – App Development Courses
- Microsoft Touch Develop Tutorials
- Thunkable. For first-time app builders.
- CodeAcademy.com – self-taught courses in HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and PHP
- Samsung Mobile App Academy Resources
- MIT App Inventor – For ages 13+.
- MentorMint – MentorMint connects students with volunteer mentors who can provide guidance around programming difficulties.
- Libraries Ready to Code – Many libraries around the country are working to provide resources and support for students learning to code. Reach out to your local library to see what programs they provide!