2017 Congressional App Challenge

Once again students of the Northern Mariana Islands are invited to showcase their talents by designing and programming an app for the annual Congressional App Challenge.

Inspired by the Congressional Art Competition, the App Challenge aims to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) education by recognizing young programming talent across the nation.  Short for "application," an "app" is software that can be run on a variety of tools and devices, including the web browsers, computers, smart phones, tablets, and many more.  Apps are created for many purposes, including entertainment, health monitoring, and enhancing work performance.

For this challenge, students can create any type of app they like, covering any topic, as long as it is original, appropriate, and meets certain functional requirements.

How to Participate:

1. Register.  Starting July 26th, students can register online, participating individually OR in teams of up to four.  Students can register at CongressionalAppChallenge.us - If competing as a team, all students of the team must submit their information on the registration form.

2. Design.  Think of the type of app you would like to create.  Do you want to create an app that is a game or one that solves a problem?  What will it look like?  What does it need to do?

3. Submit.  Complete all the submission requirements.

Submission requirments:

A complete submission will include the following components:

1. Registration Form

2. App Information

  • Title of Your App
  • The coding language you used
  • Purpose of your app; explained in ONE sentence
  • Short Description.  What is your app trying to accomplish and why?
  • A technical/coding difficulty you faced.  Tell us what you faced and explain your coding solution.
  • Improvements you would make to a 2.0 version of your app, based on what you've learned so far.

3. Demonstration Video.  Create a 1-3 minute long video showcasing what your app does and how it works.  Videos must be uploaded to a public site like YouTube or Vimeo so that judges can watch them.

A good video will include the following:

  • Introduction of the student/team and the name of your app
  • A clear explanation of the app's purpose (should be done in one clear sentence)
  • An explanation of who the app is intended for
  • An explanation of tools and coding languages used to create the app
  • Demonstration of how the app is used

4. Exit Questionaire.  This will be e-mailed to all students after the submission period closes.  All students must complete the exit questionaire.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please e-mail your congressional office at Kilili@mail.house.gov