Resident commissioner invites students to participate in congressional app contest
By The Star Staff
Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón invited all island public and private school students on Tuesday to participate in the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an application or app competition promoted by the United States Congress.
“In Congress we promote various educational and developmental opportunities for our students, including this competition to boost STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning,” González Colón said in a written statement. “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate nationally the STEM capabilities of our young people, in addition to stimulating these essential skills for economic growth and innovation both in Puerto Rico and at the national level.”
The competition has been held since 2014 with the aim of encouraging students to create their own app and receive national recognition for it. Winners may be eligible to display their app at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and will be honored by their representative in Congress.
Students of all skill levels from middle school to high school can compete as an individual or as a team of up to four students. The deadline to register is Sept. 5, and the deadline to submit an app is Nov. 1, 2022. An award ceremony will be held later in November.
The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.) with no subject restrictions.
An entry form is available at congressionalappchallenge.us.