Harshbarger Announces Congressional App Challenge For Middle & High School Students

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Published July 16, 2021

Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger has announced the launch of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) competition for middle and high school students residing in Tennessee’s First Congressional District. 

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

“I’m excited to announce this wonderful competition for our local students,” said Congresswoman Harshbarger. “This is a great opportunity for students to learn or show-off coding and computer science skills that can lead to well-paying, in-demand jobs in our 21st Century economy. I can’t wait to see the creative ideas our students develop!” 

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The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.). The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students are encouraged to register online by September 10th before submitting their app by November 1st. 

The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.  

Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps.  

Winners from the First District will be selected by panels of judges drawn from the local community and honored by Congresswoman Harshbarger. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on house.gov, and on the Congressional App Challenge website

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts.  

By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs.  

To maintain American competitiveness against adversaries like China, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts. 

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, visit the Congressional App Challenge page on Harshbarger’s website

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