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Upton launches Congressional App Challenge

Local students invited to participate in coding competition to highlight importance of STEM skills, coding, and computer science

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Washington, September 16, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced today that students from the Sixth Congressional District are invited to participate in the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a coding competition for students in middle and high school. The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform, such as desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, or other devices.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students in southwest Michigan to get involved in a national contest and show their skills off to the rest of the country,” Upton said. “It’s also an opportunity to highlight the value of STEM education and computer science, important skills needed for so many 21st century careers and to maintain our nation’s competitive advantage. I hope to see a good number of students – regardless of skill level or experience - participate in this contest and look forward to seeing what they create.”

The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students are required to submit their app by November 1, 2019. A panel of judges will select the winning app, and the winner will be eligible to have their apps featured in a U.S. Capitol exhibit, on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website, and on the Congressional App Challenge website. Winners will also meet with Upton and will be invited to #HouseOfCode, the springtime computer science fair and reception held in Washington, D.C.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now and helps them acquire these valuable skills.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us. To follow on social media, use the hashtag #Congress4CS. Additional information can also be found on Upton’s website, upton.house.gov/constituent-services/upton-app-challenge. Teachers and educators interested in participating can also email UptonAppChallenge@mail.house.gov if they have additional questions.


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