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Otsego, MN – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) today announced that he will be participating in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge.

“In an increasingly digital world, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills are important now more than ever.” said Emmer. “This Congressional competition encourages high school students from all over the nation to develop their own software application, or app.”

Emmer concluded, “Taking this time to learn a new skill like app development can only help expand student’s skillsets, and prepare them for careers of the future. This competition is an exceptional way for students to develop STEM skills, all while having fun creating a useful app with their classmates. I am looking forward to seeing what the students of Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District come up with."


Congressman Emmer with 2018 Congressional App Challenge winners Kourtney and Josie.


The Congressional App Challenge is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives. Members of Congress can host district-wide contests for students in middle school and high school. To participate, students are encouraged to register by September 10th and submit their original apps for this year’s Congressional App Challenge by the deadline of October 19th, 2020. The Challenge accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc). Rep. Emmer will announce the winners in December and a reception for winners will be held at the U.S. Capitol in the Spring of 2021. 

To learn more about the rules and requirements of the Congressional App Challenge, click here