Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) has announced that the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for students in California's 39th Congressional District will open for submissions starting today, July 26 through November 1, 2017.
The competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. It allows students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
“If we want California to remain the innovation capital of the world, we need to encourage and support young people who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Congressional App Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to have fun developing skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. I strongly encourage students throughout the community to accept the challenge and participate in this year's competition,” said Representative Royce.
Last year's Congressional App Challenge first place winners from the 39th district were: Christopher Jhaveri, Christopher Leung, Jason Kwan, and Santiago Torres of the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program at Los Altos High School. The winning students created Election Connection, a mobile application designed to educate voters on candidates' political positions.
Election Connection was displayed in the United States Capitol alongside winning submissions from around the nation. Click on the video below to watch the creators of Election Connection discuss their winning App.
The 2017 Congressional App Challenge submission period will run from July 26 – November 1, culminating in an exhibition and judging event during December. The competition winners will be selected by a panel of local judges and recognized by Rep. Royce and community leaders.
Students, teachers, and administrators interested in entering the competition can do so by clicking HERE, or contacting Stephanie Hu from Rep. Royce's office at (626) 964-5123 or Stephanie.Hu@mail.house.gov. Additional information can be found HERE.