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Rep. Abigail Spanberger congratulates the 7th District winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge, who created an app called Rep Check. (Photo courtesy Rep. Spanberger/Flickr)

Congressional App Challenge opens for 7th District STEM students

by | May 1, 2024 | ALLFFP, Government, Schools & Education, Technology

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger announced that registration is now open for middle and high school students in Virginia’s 7th District to compete in the annual Congressional App Challenge.

The contest is an 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. 

“Today, I’m excited to relaunch the annual Congressional App Challenge. Each year, I am continually impressed by the apps we receive from future tech leaders across Virginia’s Seventh District,” said Spanberger. “This competition highlights the technical skills and innovation needed by the next generation to drive progress and address a rapidly evolving global landscape. I hope many students will take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for a future in STEM, hone their computer science and coding skills, and equip themselves with the knowledge and expertise to solve 21st century problems.” 

Students may register and submit an app from May 1 until Oct. 24. More information on the competition rules, eligibility, and submission process can be found on Spanberger’s website 

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