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Upton announces judges for Congressional App Challenge

Panel of three judges set to select winning App submission

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Washington, October 22, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced today the three judges who will participate in the Sixth District’s Congressional App Challenge (CAC). This 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.

The judges include:

Dr. Steven Carr, Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science, Western Michigan University

Janet Drews, Teacher, Girls Who Code Program Facilitator
River Valley High School

Jason Luke, Southwest MiSTEM Director       
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

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.

“I’m grateful for the panel of local judges who are volunteering their time, talents, and expertise to select our district’s winner of the Congressional App Challenge. They have diverse backgrounds and unique experiences that make them exceptionally qualified to select which app created by our students will win,” Upton said. “The deadline for students to submit their apps is coming up on November 1. I know the judges and I are looking forward to seeing what the students from the Sixth District came up with.”

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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