Jeff Van Drew

U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2nd)

MAYS LANDING - U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2nd) announced Aug. 26 that his office is hosting the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for students in middle and high school in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District. Students with all levels of coding experience are encouraged to participate.

“The technical skills and innovation highlighted in the Congressional App Competition are crucial for our future workforce, but also to solving the challenges we face as a country today,” stated Van Drew. “The students of South Jersey have always impressed me with their knowledge, and I know for this App Challenge they will do the same.”

According to a release, the CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts.

It is an opportunity to develop the skills and innovative spirit needed to create apps. The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps), written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.). The eligibility rules for individual and team entries can be found at www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

Winners will be selected by panels of judges, and honored by Van Drew. Their apps are eligible to be displayed on Capitol Hill, house.gov, and the Congressional App Challenge website.

Students can register online by Sept. 10 before submitting their app by the Nov. 1 deadline.

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