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Eshoo announces Congressional App Challenge

Students in the 18th Congressional District have until Nov. 2 to submit apps

The "Congressional App Challenge" for the 18th Congressional District has launched again, and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is inviting local high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices around science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Students must upload a YouTube or Vimeo video explaining the app and what they learned through the competition process during the submission period between July 18 and midnight on Nov. 2. During the completion period, students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development, according to an announcement for the challenge.

The app challenge seeks to engage student's creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. The winning app in each participating congressional district will be displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

Castilleja School's Heejung Chung, Claire Huang and Aimee An have won first place in last year's Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District for their app Mezzo, which connects food businesses with local food pantries. The idea is to enable businesses to easily donate their surplus so the food is eaten, not wasted.

For more information, visit congressionalappchallenge.us.

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