Congressional App Challenge
This year marks the third annual Congressional App Challenge. This competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.
The Congressional App Challenge is open to all high school students in the Illinois 11th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period by November 2, 2016, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.
Can I Participate?
The Challenge is open only to high school students who reside in the Illinois 11th Congressional District or who are eligible to attend public high school in that district. Individuals submitting on behalf of teams must meet the eligibility requirements for individual Contestants
To enter, the student must create an account on challenge.gov and then register for the Congressional App Challenge under their participating Member of Congress’ profile during the Competition Submission Period. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.
Resources for Students and Teachers
- 36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming
- CodeAcademy.COM self-taught courses in HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and PHP
- MIT App Inventor tutorial to develop mobile apps on Android phones.
- Scratch a simple visual programming language
- Alice is used to create 3D animations
- Development Kits: