Congresswoman Beutler announces app-building competition for Southwest Washington students


Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has announced that Southwest Washington students can participate in the annual Congressional App Challenge, a competition in which students compete to create an original app.

“I am pleased to help host the app challenge in Southwest Washington again this year and look forward to seeing what kind of innovation is produced,” Herrera Beutler said in a press release. “It’s important for the future of our economy that students have a meaningful outlet to pursue their interest in STEM, and this is a really fun way to do that.”

STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

High school students are invited to create software applications, or apps, for tablets, cellphones and computer devices on a platform of their choice.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges made up of local technology professionals and STEM educators.

Students can work individually or in groups of up to four.

Winners will be honored by Herrera Beutler and her office. They’ll also be able to attend the 2017 #HouseOfCode celebration in Washington, D.C.

The competition was created because Congress recognized computer-based skills and science, technology, engineering and math are essential for economic growth and innovation, according to the press release. 

Submissions are due by Nov. 1. To register and read the competition rules, visit congressional



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