U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., wants Gwinnett students to show off the extent of their technical skills by entering the Congressional App Challenge.

The congressman issued a call for entries for the competition this week. Middle and high school students can work individually or as part of a team of up to four people to create apps, or software applications, for the contest.

“The App Challenge provides a fantastic outlet for students to display their creativity and STEM skills as well as represent the 7th District of Georgia’s remarkable school system,” Woodall said in a statement. “I am excited to see what these bright young minds come up with.”

The challenge is designed to encourage interest in STEM-related fields, including coding and computer science. Winners can have their app featured at the U.S. Capitol during a #HouseOfCode event where the apps are demonstrated to members of Congress.

The deadline to enter apps for the competition is 11:59 a.m. Nov. 1.

Students can register for the competition at www.congressionalappchallenge.us. Any questions about the competition can be directed to Woodall’s Lawrenceville office at 770-232-3005.

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