Alabama students take on coding challenge from Rep. Gary Palmer

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Lawmakers are challenging students from their districts around the country to code original apps as part of the annual Congressional App Challenge. Rep. Gary Palmer from Alabama’s 6th district is one of the 250 members of Congress sponsoring contests in their area.

Students will have to code their own app for a Congressional contest. (Source: Pixabay via MGN)

“The Congressional App Challenge is a way to attract more students to the math, science and computer areas.” Rep. Palmer said. “It’s great job opportunities for young people, but it’s also a chance for them to be in a competitive environment and open up imagination and creativity.”

Palmer also said that because he has a background in engineering as an Alabama native, he understands the state’s economic need for more STEM-inclined residents.

Chilton County, Alabama middle school and high school students are participating in the challenge this year. The contest opened on July 9 and will remain open to the end of the month.

The Congressional App Challenge first began in 2013 as a way to help students foster an appreciation for computer science and STEM. In the first four years of the challenge, more than 14,000 students across 47 states programmed original apps. Copyright 2019 Gray DC. All rights reserved.

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