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Newhouse Announces Start of Congressional App Challenge for Central Washington Students

July 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced the launch of the 4th Congressional District’s third Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a nationwide app competition for students in high school and below.

“The Congressional App Challenge is a great opportunity for our high school students to highlight their creativity while building upon their STEM skills,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I encourage all students in Central Washington who are interested in coding to participate.”

The Challenge will run through November 1, 2017. The Competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and to learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and be given congressional recognition for their achievements in STEM and Computer Science. Their apps will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on house.gov, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

Last year’s App Challenge winners, Tobias Williams, Elijah Stidham, and Jamas Middleton, students at Tri-Tech Skills Center, won the challenge with the app they designed called "Trinity Complex".

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 one million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it is crucial that the U.S. invests in our youth now, and help them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.

The Internet Education Foundation will be serving as the operational “sponsor” of the CAC. For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.congressionalappchallenge.us, Newhouse.house.gov, or contact Matt Pettit, Staff Assistant in Rep. Newhouse’s D.C. office, at Matt.Pettit@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-5816.