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DelBene Encourages Students to Code in Hackathon

There will be roughly 10 million jobs in the STEM fields by 2022 – half of which will be in computer technology.

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Washington, D.C., October 16, 2017 | comments

BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) held a hackathon over the weekend for local high school students as part of the Congressional App Competition, a program to encourage innovation and computer science education.

“As someone who worked in the technology sector before coming to Congress, I know firsthand that innovation requires creative, entrepreneurial leaders. The future of our nation and its economy depend on the next generations being able to think outside of the box. This competition is a great opportunity for high school students in our region to compete against each other by designing a creative app,” DelBene said. “Ensuring students have access to computer science learning opportunities like this is critical to preparing them for the careers of tomorrow.”

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in grades 9-12. Students must submit their apps by Nov. 2. The hackathon allowed students to work on their Congressional App Challenge projects and hear feedback from others before the submission deadline.

DelBene helped introduce the Computer Science for All Act to authorize grants to help schools expand students’ access to learning opportunities in computer science. She also led a letter signed by 65 House members in calling for a $100 million investment in computer science education.

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