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Newhouse Announces Second Annual App-Designing Challenge for Fourth Congressional District

September 27, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced that the Fourth Congressional District will be participating in its second annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a national app competition for students:

“As last year’s winners demonstrated with their agricultural job finder app, the Congressional App Challenge is a great opportunity for young, tech-savvy people to highlight their creativity while building STEM skills,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I encourage students in Central Washington of all coding experience levels to participate.”

The challenge submission period will run through November 2, 2016. Winners will be selected by a panel of local judges and receive a prize tour of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The apps will be featured on a video display in the U.S. Capitol building. For more information on the contest rules and requirements, please visit Rep. Newhouse’s official Congressional App Challenge website or contact Matt Pettit, Staff Assistant in Rep. Newhouse’s D.C. office, at Matt.Pettit@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-5816.

Last year’s Fourth District App Challenge winners, Cinthia Santiago Villanueva and Esmeralda Lopez, students at Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside, won the challenge with an app they designed called the Agricultural Job Finder.

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% between 2008 and 2018, compared to 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations. According to some estimates, the U.S. may be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018. To maintain American competitiveness, it is crucial that the U.S. industry invest in our youth now and help them acquire necessary STEM-based skills. The CAC highlights and encourages students to pursue those skills.