The House of Representatives is hosting a Congressional App Challenge.


The challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education fields. This nationwide event allows high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or app, “for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice,” the house.gov website said.


The Internet Education Foundation is sponsoring this yearly event.


Registration started on Wednesday, July 26 and is open until Wednesday Nov 1, 2017. Any student wishing to enter can register at CongressionalAppChallenge.us.


Students should think up a game, or an app that would solve an issue and then design that app. The website said to keep the main functions in mind. “What would it look like? What would it do?”


The next step would be to create the app. Entrants can work on the app solo or as a group. After the app is created, submit the creation before Nov. 1.


There is no age minimum, but the CAC is intended for high school students. Students who have already graduated cannot enter.


Students may submit an app that was created prior to the challenge, as long as it was created after Nov. 1, 2016. Apps must demonstrate knowledge of coding, but they do not have to be complete and published in the app store, according to the website.


Students will need to complete the registration to qualify. Additionally they will need to submit the title of the app, the coding used and a one sentence explanation of the app’s purpose. A short description of what the app is trying to accomplish is needed.


Entrants will need to do a short one to three-minute demonstration video and complete the exit questionnaire.


For any questions regarding this event, contact Jessica Corder at 469-304-0382 or email at Jessica.corder@mail.house.gov.