WASHINGTON — Just before the start of school, Congressmembers Luria and McEachin are encouraging an app challenge for middle and high school students.

The app, announced on Wednesday, will have students compete to develop original apps and to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with computer science.

Luria said she's excited to announce Virginia's Second District's participation in the Congressional App Challenge.

“Now more than ever, it is important to invest in STEM education to give Hampton Roads students the tools they need to succeed in our ever-changing economy. As a nuclear engineer, it is my hope that our competition inspires students to pursue STEM coursework,” Luria said.

“Previous winners and entrants have been amazingly creative and innovative and I am eager to see the new apps for this year. The App Challenge renews my confidence in the intelligence, diligence, and creativity of today's young people and reminds me that each generation has the opportunity to leave the world a better place," McEachin said. "So, come on, middle and high schoolers who live in the district, let me see your stuff!"

Students have between now and November 1 to register and submit their apps. Winners will have the opportunity to have their work displayed in the United States Capitol for a year.

The guidelines for the competition include students must be in middle school or high school at the time the contest closes on November 1. Students who graduated may not participate, and students can compete in either the district they live or where they attend school.

The rules:

  • Any given student may only compete in one district.
  • Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. 
  • If competing as a team: At least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete within the district in which they are submitting.
  • Students can use any programming language (C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, etc.) or "block code."
  • Students may use any platform (PC, web, tablet, robot, Raspberry Pi, mobile, etc.) 

Students and educators are welcome to call (757)-364-7634 or email Caleb Smith from Congresswoman Luria’s office for additional information.

CLICK HERE to sign up for the challenge or to learn more.

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