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Congressional App Challenge

Each year, Members of Congress host Congressional App Challenges in their districts as part of a nationwide program to foster an appreciation for computer science, teach students how to code, and encourage students to learn valuable STEM-based skills. The 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is now open to middle and high school students in Illinois’s 1st Congressional District.  

The office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush will be hosting a virtual information session on September 22 at 4PM CT for teachers, students, and parents who would like to learn more about the CAC.  You can register for that session HERE.

More information on the Congressional App Challenge and the registration portal can be found HERE.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission.   Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than four students are allowed to form a team.  Students may compete in the district they reside in or the district they attend school in.  If competing as a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating. 

DESCRIPTION: Participating students will develop a software application in any programming language (example: C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code,” etc.) for any platform (PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.), and then create and upload a three-minute video to YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-hosting site explaining how the app works and what they learned by participating in the contest.  

DEADLINE: The deadline for app submissions is November 1st, 2021. All apps must be designed after October 1, 2020.

WINNERS: A panel of judges will select the winning entries, and the winning app from the 1st Congressional District will be featured on and  CAC winners may also be eligible to have their app featured as part of a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

For more information and to register, visit