Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

App Challenge


The Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, or“Congressional App Challenge," is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.  Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.  The “App Challenge” is open to all high school students in San Diego. 

Can I Participate?

The Competition is open only to high school students who reside in the 52nd district or who are eligible to attend public high school in that district. Individuals submitting on behalf of teams must meet the eligibility requirements for individual contestants.

How Can I Enter?

Check back for links to this year's App Challenge. 

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Register on
  3. Make sure you’re on the right challenge page
  4. Fill out this form with your contact information
  6. Submit your app and a demonstration video explaining what it does 
  7. Fill out the exit questionnaire.

2016 Winner

"ChemGuide" was designed and coded by Vishnu Doppalapudi and Shishir Reddy of Torrey Pines High School. Their app provides AP Chemistry students with helpful notes and quizzes that correspond with the curriculum. It also includes resources for Chemistry Olympiad Participants. 

Watch their demo.

Resources for Students and Teachers