Entries open for ‘Congressional App Challenge’

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Courtesy photo Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima

Designed to encourage interest in computer science

By CHERYL SCHWEIZER

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Students in Washington’s Fourth Congressional District are being invited to create and submit an app for mobile devices as part of a contest sponsored by the U.S.Congress.

Entries for the “Congressional App Challenge” will be accepted through Nov. 1, according to a press release from the office of Fourth District Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima. “The challenge is designed to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and encourages students to engage in those fields,” the press release said.

“I have been impressed with students’ work in past years, and I encourage any student with an interest in computer science or coding to submit an app,” Newhouse wrote.

Students can enter individually or in groups; groups must have a maximum of four people. Submissions will be judged on the quality of the concept, including its creativity and originality; concept implementation, including design and user experience; and demonstrated excellence of computer and coding skills.

Entries can be submitted at www.CongressonalAppChallenge.us. The winning ideas from each congressional district will be on display at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. There are other prizes as well.

The contest has been sponsored by Congress since 2015. Defending champions for the Fourth District are Nikhil Devanathan and Aiden Arends of Kennewick High School. They developed a video game to help teach people about fiscal planning and decision-making.

People can find more information at the Congressional App Challenge website, by contacting Newhouse’s office at 202-225-5816 or by email, Johnny.Alavez@mail.house.gov.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com

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