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Competition gives students a chance to demonstrate their computer science and coding skills.

Suzanne BonamiciMiddle and high school students in Oregon's First Congressional District are invited to participate in the annual Congressional App Challenge, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici announced late last month.

Oregon's First Congressional District includes all of Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia counties, as well as part of Multnomah 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 includes science, technology, engineering, math, arts and design.

Submissions are due by Nov. 1, with a video demonstration explaining the application and what the student learned from the development process.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel, with winners from each participating congressional district acknowledged in a district award ceremony and featured on the website. Winners will also be honored with a display in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Bonamici co-chairs the congressional STEAM Caucus. She also sits on both the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

To learn more about the competition, visit Bonamici's U.S. House website.

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