July 10, 2019

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Hosts 2019 Congressional App Challenge for Middle and High School Students

WASHINGTON, DC –– U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. This annual district-wide competition, hosted by members of Congress, is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to interpret and use code.

“I am always excited to participate in the Congressional App Challenge,” Rep. Lawson said. “STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation. Students learning to code at an early age will open so many doors and opportunities for this growing sector of jobs. It is crucial that we invest in our youth now and help them acquire these valuable skills.”

The competition is open to middle and high school students who reside or attend school in Florida’s Fifth Congressional District. It allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for web, PC, tablet, mobile, or other platform of their choice.

Last year, Tallahassee School of Math and Science students Liam Tolia and Xander Frost won the app competition for Florida’s fifth. Their app, “Xander’s Math Adventure,” was created to expose children, ages 5-10, to mathematics.

The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students are encouraged to register online by September 10? ?before submitting their app by November 1. Winning apps will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website and the Congressional App Challenge website. For a full set of rules and the application form, visit http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/. For more information, contact Melissa Thomas in Rep. Lawson’s district office at 850-558-9450.