Congressman Kweisi Mfume Invites Students in the 7th District to Participate in the Congressional App Challenge

(WASHINGTON – October 2, 2020) – Congressman Kweisi Mfume is pleased to announce that his office will be participating in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Middle and high school students in the 7th District are invited to apply to have their creative talents showcased by the United States Congress.

Now in its fifth year, CAC is a nationwide competition designed to inspire students and encourage their participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Students compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application for web, PC, tablet, mobile, raspberry PI, or other platforms of their choice.

To be eligible, students must be in middle or high school, and reside or attend school within the 7th District at the time of app submission. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. All students, regardless of their previous coding experience or skill level, are strongly encouraged to apply.

“This is an especially great time to engage students who are attending classes online as a result of COVID-19,” Congressman Mfume said. “The 7th District is ripe with talent and I look forward to seeing the creative ideas and innovations that are unleashed as a result of this competition.”

A study from the U.S. Department of Education shows that low-income students of color are less likely to have an opportunity to take advanced science and math classes.

As a result, Black and Hispanic workers (as well as women) continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers. This, Congressman Mfume notes, has long-term implications on the workforce and contributes to the earnings gap. He hopes the competition will encourage students of all backgrounds to develop the skills they’ll need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

“The data shows that low-income students enter STEM programs at a much lower rate than their high-income counterparts. A student’s socioeconomic status should not determine what opportunities they are afforded. This is one way Congress is working to close the equity gap in coding and level the playing field,” Congressman Mfume said.

The Challenges’ submission portal is now open. CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language. Students are encouraged to register online here as soon as possible. The deadline for students to register and submit their app online is October 19th.

The Congressman, and a select panel of judges from Maryland’s 7th District, will select the winners of the Challenge. Winners will be announced in December and recognized through an award ceremony in the Spring of 2021. The winning apps are also eligible to be displayed within the U.S. Capitol Building, on House.gov, and the Congressional App Challenge website.

For more information about the Challenge, or to submit an application, please visit the Congressional App Challenge website at www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us

For questions about the 7th District competition, contact my District Director, Mr. Anthony Jones at anthony.jones1@mail.house.gov.