Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Congressional App Challenge

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The CAC is a competition designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. More than ever before, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, including computer science, are vital to compete in the workforce, to build a culture of innovation and to spur economic growth. The competition is intended to promote student engagement in STEM fields and to encourage them to pursue skills that will serve them throughout their careers. Students in middle or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

The 2018 CAC is open to all middle or high school students who live in or attend school in the Fifth Congressional District of Indiana. Students who have already graduated high school are not eligible to participate. Students who enter the CAC must submit their app to the Congressional App Challenge website here during the Competition Submission Period between 12:00pm ET on June 4, 2018 and 12:00pm ET on October 15, 2018.

An expert panel of judges will evaluate each submission based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the idea;
  • Implementation of the idea; and
  • Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The winners will be announced between October 31 and December 9. A national announcement will be made between December 3-9, during Computer Science Education Week. The winner of the Fifth District of Indiana’s CAC will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol Building along with other honorees from across the county.

More information about the challenge can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding the App Challenge, please contact David Burian in our Carmel office at (317) 848-0201 or by e-mail at david.burian@mail.house.gov.

2017 CAC Winner, Mr. Will Schrepferman, Zionsville Community High School

2017 Winner: Mr. Will Schrepferman, Zionsville Community High School.  

App: ZCHS Clubs, an app that connects high school students to school organizations and activities. Students can download the app and use it to find detailed information on clubs and to find which clubs are right for them.

I can’t wait to see the new apps and ideas the great students of Indiana’s fifth district come up with this year.