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SAN DIEGO – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced the second-annual Congressional App Challenge, which helps spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). High school students in the 52nd District will compete to create their own software application (App) to be judged by a panel of San Diego’s tech and innovation leaders. The winner will have their app on display in the United States Capitol building.

“This competition is a great chance to showcase San Diego’s talented students and our region’s dynamic innovation ecosystem,” Rep. Peters said. “Across San Diego, leaders in STEM fields are changing the way we live our lives and are working on break-through research. The App Contest gives students the ability to compete against their peers and hone the critical creative and problem-solving skills that our region and our country will need to be economically competitive in an increasingly global war for talent.”

Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

The contest is open to all high school students in the 52nd Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between November 09, 2015, and January 15, 2016, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

For more information on how to participate, please visit Congressman Peters’ website at, visit, or contact Brian Elliott at (858) 455-5550.