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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (FL-02) announced that Florida’s Second District will participate in the fifth annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) – a programming competition for students in high school and younger. Students, individually or in teams, are tasked with creating, coding, and implementing a new and innovative computer application.

“The innovation economy helps make America strong, but we’re not producing enough computer programmers to keep our edge,” Dr. Dunn said. “The Congressional App Challenge is a great way to highlight America’s talented young programmers and encourage students to develop their technology skills.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, occupations in STEM fields are projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022, an increase of about 1 million jobs.

Last year, the Congressional App Challenge winner for the Second District was Andy Jiang of Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee. Andy’s app "Timed Cube," is a clever and fun game that works to improve response time. Dunn met Andy when he joined students from across the country in Washington to present his app at the United States Capitol.

Students entering the competition must submit a video of their app and what they learned through this competition process on the website by November 1, 2019. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Applications on all platforms are accepted. In the past, mobile apps, web apps, study tools, games, journal apps, and more have been submitted.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and be given congressional recognition for their achievements in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and computer science. Their apps will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on the official House of Representatives website, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

Applicants will be judged based on the following criteria:

a. Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality)
b. Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design)
c. Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills

The CAC is sponsored by the Internet Education Foundation and was created to encourage to expand high school students’ interest STEM and computer-based skills. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by many as a million programmers by 2020. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now, and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit