Art & App Competitions

Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 13th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 24 inches by 24 inches (including the frame), may be up to 4 inches in depth, and may weigh no more than 15 pounds. The art work may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines -
please submit the following form:

Art Competition Entry Form

Congressional App Challenge

The Annual Congressional App Challenge, being hosted by the Internet Education Foundation (IEF), is a nationwide competition created to engage high school students in coding and computer science.  Middle and High School students are encouraged to work in teams to create an app, defined as a piece of software that “receives an input, performs some function, and then produces an output.”  These apps will then be judged by a panel, and the winning application will be sent the #HouseOfCode Reception in Washington, DC* to be displayed in the Capitol with winning applications from districts around the country.

Stages of the Challenge:

  • July 26th - Nov. 1st: Students Submit Applications
  • Nov. 2nd - 22nd: Community Partners Judge Students’ Submissions
  • Nov. 22nd - 29th: Congressional Offices Review Judges’ Selections
  • Dec. 4th - 8th: Internet Education Foundation (IEF) Announces Winners
  • TBD: District Winners Attend #HouseOfCode Reception in Washington, DC. Please note, the cost of the winners’ travel to DC will not be covered.

Additional Guidance:

  • No prior computer science coursework is necessary to participate.
  • All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution.
  • Check out the Congressional App Challenge’s 2016 winners!
  • New to coding?  Join the fun and learn to code with these online resources.
  • Still have questions?  Refer to the challenge’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

For additional questions about the Congressional App Challenge, call 510-763-0370 and ask for Jared Mitchell.  

App Challenge Sign-Up