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Bonamici Invites Students to Compete in Congressional App Challenge

July 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [7/14/21] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) extended an invitation to all students who attend middle or high school in Oregon’s First Congressional District to participate in the seventh annual Congressional App Challenge.

Oregon’s First Congressional District includes all of Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia counties, as well as part of Multnomah County.

“Learning to code can be a valuable and empowering experience for students,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “I enjoy holding the Congressional App Challenge every year because it gives students an opportunity to learn and showcase new skills. Students always impress me with their creative and community-minded ideas.”

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition for students to use coding and computer science to create and exhibit a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The competition is an example of STEAM education, which is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) plus arts and design.

Students entering the competition must submit their app by November 1, 2021, as well as provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process.

A panel of local experts will review the submissions. Winners from each participating congressional district will be acknowledged in a district awards ceremony and featured on the website. There will also be a display in the U.S. Capitol Building to honor the winners from each Congressional district.

More information about the competition, including how to register, is available at

Bonamici is a founder and co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, which advocates for the integration of the arts and design into science, technology, engineering, and math education to encourage creative thinking and engage more students. By supporting and recognizing young programmers, Congress is acknowledging the growing importance of these fields. The U.S. House of Representatives organizes the nationwide Congressional App Challenge each year.