Larsen Announces 2016 Congressional App Challenge

Jul 26, 2016 Issues: Education

Larsen Announces 2016 Congressional App Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today announced the launch of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge – an opportunity for students to learn key computer science skills by creating their own original applications for a local competition.

The competition – which runs through November 2nd –  is open to k-12 students who live in or attend school in Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. Students may compete as individuals or in teams up to four. Local experts will evaluate submissions and winners will be announced in early December.

“It is critical that we find more ways to encourage young folks to turn their passions into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – and this competition is a great way to do just that,” said Larsen. “I am looking forward to seeing what Washington’s creative and tech-savvy students come up with.”

Winners will be honored by Congressman Larsen and have their apps featured on display in the United States Capitol building.

By some estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million unfilled programming jobs in the United States. The competition is an effort to maintain American competitiveness by proactively inspiring youth to pursue crucial STEM skills.

Eligible students can sign up to participate at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/compete-2016/sign-up/. Additional questions can be directed to Jamie Darnell in Congressman Larsen’s office at Jamie.darnell@mail.house.gov or (360)-733-4500.

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