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The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a competition designed to encourage students across the U.S. to learn how to code and leverage computer science to create their own applications.

 The Challenge highlights the value of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, and education – which are skills important to future jobs. By encouraging our nation’s youth to pursue these abilities, Congress hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators and help build our pipeline of skilled workers.


The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle school and high school students in the Second District of Arizona. Students entering the competition must submit their application to by November 1, 2022 (7:00 PM CST).

Students can enter to participate in the CAC as an individual or as a team of up to four people. Students can use any programming language (examples: C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code,” etc.) and any computer platform (examples: PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.) when developing their app. There are no limitations on application themes or topics! Additional rules and eligibility information can be found here.

A panel of local judges will choose the winner from the Second District. Additionally, the winning app will be featured on and will also be put on display in the U.S. Capitol. If you have any questions, please visit the Congressional App Challenge website or contact Sierra Yamanaka at

Next Steps?

  1. Check your eligibility – CAC Rules
  2. Register online as an individual or a team (up to four people) – Student Registration
  3. Create your app and demonstration video
  4. Submit your app by November 1, 2021 (7:00 PM CST) – Use the student portal created during registration