NEWARK, NJ – Local high school students are invited to participate in a unique contest that demonstrates their ability to build software applications.

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) has announced that New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District will participate in the 2015 Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a nationwide event that gives high school students an opportunity to build software applications, or apps, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

The Challenge submission period will run until January 15, 2016. Winners will be selected by a panel of local judges, and honored by the Congressman. Their apps will be featured on a display in the Capitol building.

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“This competition showcases the innovation and technical skills of our students, the tech leaders of tomorrow,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “I encourage students to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to demonstrate and hone their skills in a competitive but fun competition designed to enhance youth engagement in STEM.”

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. To maintain American competitiveness, it is crucial that the United States invests in our youth now, and helps them acquire these necessary STEM-based skills. The CAC highlights and encourages students to pursue those skills.

Students can find additional information on the Congressional App Challenge athttp://payne.house.gov/serving-you/congressional-app-challenge.