Spanberger Announces Launch of Annual Congressional App Challenge for Seventh District STEM Students

Jun 15, 2023
Local Issues
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The Winning Student’s Work Will be Displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building & Shared Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger today invited middle and high school students in Virginia’s Seventh District to compete in the annual Congressional App Challenge. Registration for this year’s competition is now open.

The competition is an annual opportunity for students in participating congressional districts across the country to get hands-on practice with coding and computer science. Students are invited to sharpen their skills, push their creativity in STEM disciplines, and begin envisioning their future career — with an emphasis on including and inspiring students from communities that are underrepresented in the tech industry. The winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol later this year and shared on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.

“If we hope to address the 21st century challenges ahead of us, we must equip our students with the knowledge and expertise to solve complex problems and push our nation forward. The computer science and coding skills possessed by the next generation’s leaders will increase innovation in how our government operates, protect our national security, and make our country even more competitive on the global stage,” said Spanberger. “I’m proud to once again launch this annual competition — an invaluable opportunity to inspire Virginia students from all backgrounds to pursue successful STEM careers. I hope to receive a submission from every Seventh District student who is curious about learning — or refining — their computer science skills.”

Students may register and submit an app from June 15, 2023 until November 1, 2023. More information on the competition rules, eligibility, and submission process can be found on Spanberger’s website.

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