Got an App for That? New Congressional Competition Open to Area Teens

There's a new competition sponsored by Congress for science, technology, engineering, math students to develop new apps.

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Hey teens — do you love playing around and developing apps on your tablet or computer? Have you designed a cool program that you share with your friends?

If you have, you might just want to enter it in the inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition. 

Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) is inviting Fourth District high school students to participate in the first ever Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, also known as the “House App Contest.” This new, nationwide competition allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

“We know that science, technology, engineering, and math skills are essential to our children’s future professional success—especially in this changing world economy – and this competition is a great way show kids in a real-life situation why these areas are so important,” Himes said in a statement. “I invite all high school students who are passionate about the STEM subjects to participate in the first annual House App Contest, and I look forward to seeing the entries.”

The House App Contest is open to all high school students ages 13 and up in the Fourth District. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online by 11:59 p.m. on April 30, and provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demonstration explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process. Entries will be judged by a team of STEM experts from the Fourth District. The winner will be announced at a reception in the district.

To enter, students must register at http://studentappchallenge.house.gov, create an account onwww.challengepost.com, and register for the House Student App Contest under Himes’ profile. All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution. 

For more information, visit Himes’ website http://himes.house.gov/stem-academic-competition.



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