Johnson Announces 2021 Congress Applications Challenge | Community

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (RS.D.) announced South Dakota’s second annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for middle and high school students.

The CAC was created by Congress to encourage young people to learn coding and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM. Students of all levels are encouraged to participate in the competition; no previous coding experience is required.

The App Challenge student submission portal is now open. Applications must be submitted by November 1. The CAC accepts computer programs (or applications) written in any programming language (C, C ++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code”, etc.), for any platform (computer of desktop / PC, web, mobile, etc.). Students can register individually or in teams of up to four students.

Winners will be selected by a panel of South Dakota computer science educators and honored by the South Dakota Congressional office. The winning applications will be on display at the United States Capitol and on the CCA website.

“The Congressional App Challenge was created because Congress recognized the growing skills gap in STEM,” Johnson said. “To maintain America’s competitiveness, it is crucial that we now invest in our young people and help them acquire these valuable skills. I can’t wait to recognize the talented young coders and developers of South Dakota.

Sam D. Gomez