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Huizenga Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Washington, September 5, 2019
Tags: Education

Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) announced the start of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The CAC is a competition aimed at encouraging middle and high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. 

“The Congressional App Challenge is a creative way for students to showcase and develop their coding and programming skills,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “West Michigan’s creativity has been on full display with a variety of innovative app submissions over the past two years. It is STEM programs like the Congressional App Challenge that can spark interest and inspire students to create the next innovative app to improve productivity, enhance economic opportunity, or change how we bank, buy groceries, or manage daily schedules. I look forward to seeing what this year’s submissions have in store.”

This competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Students are encouraged, but not required, to register online by September 10th. Students participating in the CAC must submit their app by November 1st.

This is the third year Congressman Huizenga has participated in the Congressional App Challenge. In 2017, Holland Christian Student David Reidsma won the competition with his “BrickSort” App which tracked pieces in LEGO sets. In 2018,  Zeeland East student Ethan Visscher won with his entry “Right on Red.”

To learn more about the competition or to submit an app please visit the Congressional App Challenge website. Questions regarding the Congressional App Challenge may also be directed to Congressman Huizenga’s office in Grandville by calling (616) 570-0917.

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