Annual Congressional App Challenge under way

The annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is under way. The CAC is a Congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and, more specifically, computer science. Middle and high school students from across America are invited to participate. Registration is now open for students, and more detailed rules and guidelines can also be found on the CAC website.

Over 250 members of Congress have registered to host a challenge for their district’s students. “The Congressional App Challenge is the largest series of student coding competitions in the world,” said Tim Lordan, executive director of the Internet Education Foundation, which was appointed as the CAC’s official sponsor by the U.S. House Of Representatives.

The CAC was created because Congress recognizes how essential computer science and STEM skills are for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. is currently experiencing a dearth of adequately trained technical talent. By some estimates, there are nearly a quarter of a million unfilled programming jobs in the US. The CAC is a congressional effort to maintain American competitiveness by proactively inspiring youth and encouraging them to pursue these crucial skills.

The Congressional App Challenge winners receive official recognition from their Member of Congress, and their app is displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The 2018 winners included Cassie Madison of West Branch High School with her app Dysulator.