Suzanne Bonamici is inviting students who live or attend school in her district to compete.

TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., tours Tualatin's Mobile Makerspace earlier this year.Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced last week that her district is participating in the third annual Congressional App Challenge. All students in high school or younger who reside or attend school in the district are eligible and invited to compete. Oregon's First Congressional District includes all of Washington County.

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition for students to use coding and computer science to create and exhibit a software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The competition is an example of STEAM education, which is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) plus arts and design.

"Participating in the Congressional App Challenge will require creative thinking and technology skills so students will be engaging both halves of the brain," said Bonamici. "This challenge is a great opportunity for students to participate in coding and design while raising awareness about the value of STEAM education."

STEAM is an acronym for the related disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Students entering the competition must submit their app's source code online during the competition submission period before Wednesday, Nov. 1, and provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process.

A panel of local experts will review the submissions. Winners from each participating congressional district will be acknowledged in a district awards ceremony and featured on the website. There will also be a display in the U.S. Capitol Building to honor all of the district winners.

Interested students can register on Bonamici's congressional website.

Blair Stenvick
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