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One more week to join the Congressional App Challenge

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Libraries around the country held workshops over the summer to teach students coding skills – now is the chance to show off those skills! This is the last full week for  students (high school and below) to submit entries for the Congressional App Challenge, which ends on Wednesday, November 2.

The Challenge was created in 2014 by the Congressional Internet Caucus to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education by encouraging students to learn how to code. The Challenge is open to all U.S. students in participating districts. (So far, 192 members of Congress from 43 states are participating.) Students are invited, either as individuals or as teams of up to four, to create and submit their own software application for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice. The Challenge accepts projects and projects created in other programs, and all coding levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

As Marijke Visser wrote in a District Dispatch post in July, apps will be judged by a panel of local computer science professionals and congressional representatives, and the winners in each district will have the honor of being recognized by their Congressional representative. (Idea: your local library could be the perfect venue for the ceremony to award the winner from your congressional district!)

If your library has already supported Congressional App Challenge submissions, please let us know so that we can acknowledge projects on our blog. Email Marijke Visser at

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Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines is an assistant director of Communications at ALA's Washington Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel University in Missouri. Before joining the ALA in 2016, Shawnda worked as press secretary and local media organizer for the national advocacy group Bread for the World.

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