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Congressional App Challenge begins for high school students
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In an effort to inspire high school students to learn how to code, Congressman Jeff Denham announced the opening of California’s 2015 10th District Congressional App Challenge, which encourages participants to submit an app that could potentially be displayed in an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol.


“We owe much of our nation’s successes to the inventors who envisioned a world changed for the better,” said Denham. “This competition encourages our students to join in our history of innovation and share their talents and creativity with the community.


“I invite all interested students to partake in this competition and look forward to the displays of creativity that the bright young minds of our district will undoubtedly produce this year,” continued Denham.


In addition to challenging young inventors to submit a new app built for use on any computer, tablet or mobile device for a chance to be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol, the competition is also intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, while encouraging students to engage in these fields.

Representatives Mimi Walters and Hakeem Jeffries co-chair the 2015 Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge will continue through Jan. 15, and is open to all U.S. high school students in participating districts.


Challenge participants are invited, either as individuals or as teams, to create and submit their own software application on a platform of their choice. A panel of local computer science professionals and congressional representatives will judge the apps, and the winners in each district will have the honor of being recognized by their Congressional representative.


Only one submission is allowed and requirements for submission will include an original source code and an accompanying video to demonstrate the app’s use. Registration can be completed on the website.


For more information on the app-challenge visit Further questions may be directed to Kassi Fortado at Denham’s Modesto office at 579-5458.