Congressional App Challenge

Issues: Local Issues

This year marks the third annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “Congressional App Challenge.”

The competition is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM education fields.

Apps are judged based on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all high school students in the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source of code online during the Competition Submission Period, which closes at 11:59 PM (midnight) Eastern Daylight Time on NOVEMBER 2, 2016. They must also provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

The winner for the 10th Congressional District, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, will be featured on, and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at or contact Isabel Cruz at (973)-645-3213 or