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Rep. McNerney Announces the 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Sep 8, 2020
Press Release

Stockton, CA – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced that his office is accepting submissions for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge for students in the 9th Congressional District.  In partnership with the Internet Education Foundation, Members of Congress host Congressional App Challenges in their districts as part of a nationwide program created to foster an appreciation for computer science, teach students how to code, and encourage students to learn valuable STEM-based skills.

“The Congressional App Challenge is a great way for students in California’s 9th Congressional District to showcase their talents,” said Congressman McNerney. “This contest underscores the value of STEM education and highlights the growing career opportunities in STEM fields. I’m proud to host this competition and to encourage students who have a passion and enthusiasm for math and science to pursue these interests.”

The contest is open to all middle school and high school students who reside in the 9th Congressional District, regardless of coding experience. Entrants may compete individually or in teams of up to four students. Participating students will develop a software application in any programming language (example: C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code,” etc.) for any platform (PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.). Students will then create and upload a three-minute video to YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-hosting site explaining how the app works and what they learned by participating in the contest.

A panel of judges will select the winning entries, and the winning app from the 9th Congressional District will be featured on the Congressman McNerney’s website, the website, and the website. Congressional App Challenge winners may also be eligible to have their app featured on a display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

The deadline for submissions is October 19th. For rules and guidelines, additional information, or to register for the Congressional App Challenge, students should visit

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.