Congressional App Challenge

This year marks the second annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the Congressional App Challenge.

This competition is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM-based education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or app, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on the platform of their choice.

Apps are judged based on the following criteria; quality of idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all high school students in the 11th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app's source code online during the competition submission period between 12 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time on July 18, 2016 through November 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM (midnight) Eastern Daylight Savings Time, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

The winner from the 11th Congressional District, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, will be featured on, and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol.

For more information and to submit your app, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at or contact Claire Bartlett at