Since 2013


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. 

2017 App Challenge Overview

Can I Participate?

The Competition is open to San Diego high school students. Individuals submitting on behalf of teams must meet the eligibility requirements for individual contestants.

How Can I Enter?

The 2017 App Challenge is now life. Click below to enter. 

Student Submission Form

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

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