What is the Congressional App Challenge?
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is an annual competition intended to encourage interest in computer science among middle school and high school students.
The winner from the 31st Congressional District will be chosen by a panel of expert judges and featured on the official Congressional App Challenge website at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. The winning app is eligible to be featured in the Capitol Building and to be featured on Representative Aguilar’s website at Aguilar.House.gov. Each winner (or winning team) will also be invited to the #HouseofCode Reception in Washington, DC.
To learn more, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at CongressionalAppChallenge.us, email StudentSupport@CongressionalAppChallenge.us, or email Andrea Harlin at our District Office in San Bernardino at Andrea.Harlin@mail.house.gov.
Who is eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge?
The CAC is open to all middle and high school students in California’s 31st Congressional District, regardless of their level of experience with coding. In this competition, middle and high school students will compete against their district peers by creating a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Students may participate as individuals or in teams. Students of ALL levels of coding experience are strongly encouraged to enter. At least two teammates on any team must live or attend school in the 31st Congressional District. Students may check to see which Congressional District their residence or school is located in by entering the address here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.
Students must register to participate online and submit their finished apps by Monday, November 1, 2021, no later than 9:00 a.m. Pacific time at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. Students must submit their apps in a 1- to 3-minute demonstration video in which they include the requirements listed on the Congressional App Challenge website.
Resources for Students and Teachers:
- 36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming
- CodeAcademy.COM self-taught courses in HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and PHP
- MIT App Inventor tutorial to develop mobile apps on Android phones.
- Scratch a simple visual programming language
- Alice is used to create 3D animations
- Development Kits: