Finstad announces Congressional App Challenge

Published 3:18 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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First District Congressman Brad Finstad last week invited middle and high school students from Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District to participate in the 2024 Congressional App Challenge.

Launched in 2015, the competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

“Southern Minnesota is home to some of the brightest minds who have paved the way for innovation across many industries,” Finstad said. “I am proud to invite students to participate in this year’s Congressional App Challenge, which serves as a great way for young people to complete a meaningful project while inspiring them to pursue a career in STEM. I am excited to see the incredible work submitted by students from Minnesota’s 1st District, and I look forward to this year’s competition.”

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The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition that encourages students to create and exhibit their software application (also known as an “app”) for web, PC, tablet, mobile or other platform of their choice. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as two of the teammates attend schools within the district.

The deadline to submit an app is Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. CST. Registration, competition rules and student resources can be found at

Additional questions can be directed to Finstad’s Rochester office at 507-577-6140.