WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today invited middle and high school students from Illinois’ 12th Congressional District to participate in the 2022 Congressional App Challenge. Launched in 2015, the competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. 

“In an increasingly technological world, the Congressional App Challenge provides students with an opportunity to grow their coding skills,” said Bost. “I encourage Southern Illinois middle and high school students to participate this year and am looking forward to seeing what they create.”

The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity to encourage students to create and exhibit their software application (also known as an “app”) for web, PC, tablet, mobile, Raspberry Pi or other platform of their choice. We accept any programming language, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, "block code", etc. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as two of the teammates attend schools within the 12th District.

The deadline to submit an app is November 1, 2022, but students are encouraged to register and submit their apps early. Students can find more information and register to participate here. Additional questions can be directed to Congressman Bost’s Carbondale office at 618-457-5787.