Thompson Encourages Students to Participate in 2017 Congressional App Challenge

October 10, 2017
Press Release

Deadline to submit an app is November 1, 2017 

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today encouraged students in Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District to participate in the Congressional App Challenge.

The Congressional App Challenge is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district.

The deadline to submit an app is November 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in December during Computer Science Education Week.

Talented students from throughout Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District have submitted apps covering a wide array of topics. Lachlan Campbell, a student at State College High School, won the 2015 Congressional App Challenge.  Campbell’s software app is called “Noodles,” and is designed to store the recipes of users and to help them discover new dishes to create.  The app has several hundred users in more than 40 countries.

“Every day we rely on technology to provide us with information about the world that surrounds us. Whether it’s checking the weather to determine what to wear that day, students receiving their daily assignments, or a or a legislator using social media to connect with constituents, we are becoming more reliant upon technology,” Rep. Thompson said. “As this trend continues, our students need to learn the skills necessary to keep up with technological advancements. The Congressional App Challenge is a great way to introduce students to the world of coding. It is my hope that the students who participate in this challenge will not only learn to keep up with the expanding technological world around them, but will eventually become the leaders in this emerging field.”

2017 Registration and Rules


The Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education:

Inspire: To inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding and computer science through hands-on practice;

Include: To actively include and engage students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the tech community; and

Innovate: To innovate policymaking by connecting Members of Congress to new and emerging technologies through personal interactions with their student constituents.