It is with great enthusiasm that I announce my office’s participation in the second annual Congressional App Challenge.  This competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  Representing the hotbed of innovation that is Silicon Valley has convinced me of the importance of supporting investment in STEM education through initiatives like these and legislation like H.R. 2426, the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor.  We must prepare our students for competitive employment in the high-tech industry and enhance American competitiveness in the global economy.

Authorized by House Resolution 77 in 2013 and based on the Congressional Art Competition held since 1982, this competition is 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. Winning participants will have their apps displayed in the US Capitol.”

The competition steps are below

1: Check Your Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must fulfill the following requirements:

•    You must reside or attend school in the district.
•    You must be 13 years of age by or on November 9, 2015.
•    If you are competing in a team: at least two of the students in your team must reside or attend high school in the district in which you are competing.

2: Register on is the platform that hosts the app submissions. Though you can see all the challenges that are posted on without registering, you must actually register in order to submit your own app. The registration process should only take 2 or 3 minutes.

3: Find our District’s Challenge and Submit Contact Information

Once you’ve registered on, you can search for our District’s Challenge in the search bar on the top right of the window.

You will want to search: Congressional App Challenge – CA-14 – Rep. Speier

This is where you’ll find all the additional details about our District Challenge and where you will submit your app when it’s ready. On this page, you will also find a link where you can submit your contact information. This information is required in order to verify your eligibility.

4: Submit Your App

Once your app is done, you can submit it on our district’s page on You can submit your app any time from November 9th, 2015 until midnight EST, January 15, 2016.

The judging period will last from January 15 – February 22, 2016. After that, the winners will be announced, and honored by their Member of Congress. Winners will have their apps featured on a display in the Capital Building as well as on the Congressional App Challenge website.

5: Fill out the exit form on CongressionalAppChallenge.US

After you’ve submitted your app on, you will receive a final questionnaire from the competition sponsors. This brief questionnaire is the final step required for your submission to be complete.

Resources for Students and Teachers
·         36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming
·         CodeAcademy.COM self-taught courses in HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and PHP
·         MIT App Inventor tutorial to develop mobile apps on Android phones.
·         Scratch a simple visual programming language
·         Alice is used to create 3D animations
·         Development Kits:
o    Apple iOS Developer Program
o    Android- Develop for Android
o    Windows Apps

The district winner or winning team will have their app displayed along with each district’s winners in the U.S Capitol in Washington, DC!

For any additional information, please contact Kate Loomis in my Washington DC office at 202-225-3531 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

I look forward to receiving the entries and hearing about the challenges the students undertake as they delve deeper into the STEM fields!