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The Congressional App Challenge

For Middle School and High School Students

Congressional App Challenge

Code apps to solve social problems in your districts

Congressional App Challenge Mentoring Classes

The Congressional App Challenge program, hosted by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, encourages middle school and high school students to create and submit their original apps that solve a district-specific problem. Students can use Python, JavaScript, or any other programming languages to build the apps. The winning apps will be displayed in the US Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives’ website.

The Congressional App Challenge is a great way to apply what you have learned in coding to highlight and solve real world problems. Any student in middle school or highschool can submit projects, as long as your congressional district participates (check here to see if your district is part of it). 

Eager to join but don’t know what project to build and how to complete it end to end? To help more students participate, we are running several groups of mentoring classes. Some groups will support students who want to develop their apps in HTML/CSS/Javascript, and the rest are for students who will be creating mobile apps using Thunkable. 

Each group will meet for 5 sessions with 1 session per week. We will bring students through the entire process of identifying real world problems, designing the overall app, planning out the steps, and building the app step by step. Our teacher will also help students resolve any coding challenges they might run into during the development process. We estimate students will need to spend a couple of hours a week to build the app outside of the class to complete a medium level difficulty project in 5 weeks. Check out projects by 2020 winners as references.

Please note that you need to have learned HTML/CSS/Javascript or Thunkable to join these mentoring classes. Read FAQ at the bottom of the page for more details.

Sign up today to start building your app! 

Congressional App Challenge (Thunkable)

  • Grades 6-12
  • In this 5-session class, we will bring students through the entire process to complete and submit their app projects using Thunkable for the Congressional App Challenge. Your child will start from identifying real world programs, designing the app, to building it step by step. Our teacher will also help students resolve any coding challenges they might run into during the development process. We estimate students will need to spend a couple of hours a week to build the app outside of the class to complete a medium level difficulty project in 5 weeks.
  • 5 sessions, 60 minutes per session
  • $90
    2-6 students group class
  • Must have taken our Mobile Coding for Apps and Games class (https://www.create-learn.us/mobile-for-kids/first-mobile-apps#mobile) or are familiar with Thunkable to join

Congressional App Challenge (Javascript)

  • Grades 6-12
  • In this 5-session class, we will bring students through the entire process to complete and submit their app projects using JavaScript for the Congressional App Challenge. Your child will start from identifying real world programs, designing the app, to building it step by step. Our teacher will also help students resolve any coding challenges they might run into during the development process. We estimate students will need to spend a couple of hours a week to build the app outside of the class to complete a medium level difficulty project in 5 weeks.
  • 5 sessions, 60 minutes per session
  • $90
    2-6 students group class
  • Must be familiar with HTML/JSS/Javascript already to join

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FAQ:

Q: Where and how do I register for the Congressional App Challenge?

A: The 2021 Congressional App Challenge is open for registration now and the deadline for submission is Oct. 22nd, 2021. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. Students can register in either the district they reside or attend school in.

Q: Can my kid participate?

A: Only students in middle and highschools can participate. And your congressional district needs to be part of the initiative as well. You can Check the list here to determine. If your district is not participating, we might be able to find students who are in districts that are participating to form a group. 

Q: Do I have to sign up for Create & Learn mentoring classes to submit projects?

A: No, you can submit your app yourself directly on the Congressional App Challenge website. Our classes are designed to help students build high quality projects and learn along the way the iterative process of solving real world problems, app building, and answering technical questions that might come up.