Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) is inviting area high school students to submit material for the second annual Congressional App Challenge. It is a competition in which high school students can create an app, or a self-contained computer program designed for a specific use, that will be presented to a panel of judges for a chance to receive congressional recognition.

“Investing in our students now to help them acquire STEM-based skills is crucial to maintaining America’s competitive advantage,” Knight said. “The Congressional App Challenge is a fun way to encourage students to pursue those skills.”

The submission period for the challenge continues through Jan. 9, 2016 and is open to students within the 25th Congressional District. The winning app will be displayed next year in the U.S. Capitol building.

The competition was begun in 2014 and is sponsored by the Internet Education Foundation. It is designed to boost interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; Knight’s office said these fields are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, compared to 9.8 percent for non-STEM occupations. Some estimates indicate that the United States may be short by as many as three million high-skilled workers specializing in these fields by 2018.

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