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"In an increasingly digital world, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills are critical building blocks of our children’s education and future. The Congressional App Challenge offers middle and high school students the opportunity to expand these skills by developing their own software applications, or app.

The Congressional App Challenge is a U.S. House of Representative's initiative that began in 2015. This competition gives students the chance to compete against their peers by developing an app for desktop/PC, web, tablets, mobile, or other devices. This is a great way to start learning to code as well as hone existing skills."

In 7th grade Community Issues students have the opportunity to submit their final projects to the Congressional App Challenge. The groups pitch their idea and final app to a panel of teacher judges for feedback. This is part of the design process the class uses throughout the quarter. The next Congressional App Challenge ends on Nov 1. If there are any students that created an app during 2022 in Community Issues or on their own, they can see Mrs. Kester to get assistance in submitting their app to the Congressional App Challenge:

"Last year's winner from the Sixth District was Aryssa Trotter from Central Middle School. Aryssa created Depression Revolution, an app focused on connecting individuals facing mental health challenges with resources in their area. Her work to recognize the potential for technology to combat our nation’s mental health crisis and develop an application to improve access to care is just one example of the incredible things our students are doing to address the real-world issues of today.

Make no mistake, our students are learning in a world of rapidly developing technology. To our next generation of innovators, STEM skills are more important than ever. If you would like to learn more about participating in the 2022 Congressional App Challenge, more information can be found here."

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