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Rep. McNerney Announces the 2021 Congressional App Challenge

Jun 28, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman McNerney (CA-09) has announced that his office is taking submissions for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for middle and high school 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 to showcase the talent we have here in California’s 9th Congressional District,” said Congressman McNerney. “This contest gives our students the opportunity to harness their STEM education and allows them to explore the endless potential in these fields. I encourage eligible students who are interested – regardless of their programming level – to apply and share their ideas.”

The CAC is open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria and 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 website and the website. CAC 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 November 1st. For rules and guidelines, additional information, or to register for the CAC, 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.