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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is once again challenging students in Oregon’s First Congressional District to step up to the challenge — the annual Congressional App Challenge.


High school students in Oregon’s First Congressional District are invited to compete. District 1 includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop and Columbia counties as well as part of Multnomah County.

Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the contest is a nationwide event designed to encourage high school students to express their creativity while participating in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

Students are asked to create and demonstrate a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices.

The app’s source code must be submitted online before Jan. 15, 2016, and competitors must provide a video demonstration explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 15.

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

More information on the competition, including how to register is available at bonamici.house.gov under the “Serving You” tab.