Rep. Hank Johnson honors high school students for App Challenge

"Technology, information and data are the foundations of our country's economic future," said Rep. Hank Johnson before honoring the 2018 Congressional App Challenge winners.

CONYERS — Congressman Hank Johnson is inviting both middle and high school students who live or attend a school in the Fourth Congressional District to demonstrate their technology skills by developing a mobile application or game.

“Science and technology are transforming our world, and we must do all we can to ensure our kids are taking part in and helping shape the changing economy,” said Johnson. “I’m proud of the students who participate in the challenge. This competition has showcased some of the Fourth Congressional District’s brightest young minds as they take on cutting-edge technology that is becoming an increasing part of all our lives.”

The deadline to submit to the Congressional App Challenge is Nov. 1.

The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skills are strongly encouraged to participate and to learn how to create their own apps.

Winners will be selected on Dec. 1 by a panel of judges and will receive Congressional recognition for their achievements in STEM and Computer Science on Dec. 9.

Their apps will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on house.gov, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by many as a million programmers by 2020.

For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, visit www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration/ or call 770-987-2291.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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