U.S. Representative Cresent Hardy (NV-4) announced his office is accepting entries from students residing in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District for the 2016 Congressional App Challenge sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Internet Education Foundation.

The Congressional App Challenge is a nation-wide competition open to all eligible students in Nevada’s Fourth District and is designed to encourage a student’s interest in the STEM fields while having fun learning. Similar to the Congressional Art Competition students will be challenged during the House App Challenge to create an application for a mobile phone, tablet or a computer as a way to promote interest in math and science education.

“As students and teachers across the fourth district head back to class this week I would encourage them, as they begin studying their STEM curriculum, to consider the Congressional App Challenge as a fun way to learn about the innovative industries of our future,” said Congressman Hardy. “I hope all students take advantage of this opportunity to have a little fun while learning important skills for today’s global economy; and who knows, maybe one of them might create the next Pokémon Go.”

The App Challenge submission period is open now and the deadline for submission is Wednesday, Nov. 2. A panel of tech experts from Nevada’s Fourth District will judge the entries. The winner from Nevada’s Fourth District will be honored at an awards ceremony where they will have the opportunity to debut their app. The winner will also have their app featured on a display in the Capitol building and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

For details on how to enter the app challenge, please call Congressman Hardy’s North Las Vegas office at (702) 912-1634 or visit http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/compete-2016/sign-up/