DOVER, NH – Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today announced a call for entries for the 2017 Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own apps.
The deadline for entries is November 1st. For more information or to submit an entry, constituents may visit shea-porter.house.gov/services/appchallenge. For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
Since 2015, the Challenge has highlighted the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encouraged students to engage in these fields.
“I am excited to announce today’s call for entries, and I’m encouraging high school students in New Hampshire’s First District to hone their creativity and technical skills by entering the App Challenge,” said Shea-Porter.
The competition is open to all New Hampshire high school students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Shea-Porter strongly encourages students of all skill levels to participate and 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 may be eligible to be featured in a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and on the Congressional App Challenge website.
The Challenge 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 as many as a 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.