House hosts app contest to promote STEM

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House-App-Contest-Logo-origThe inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition may be bringing the House App Contest to your congressional district.

Aimed at promoting participation in STEM educational fields, the contest challenges high school students to create and exhibit an app for a mobile, tablet or computer device.

Throughout the competition, students will be able to engage with STEM educational partners in their community. The partners will be there to mentor and assist them in the creation of their app.

Members of Congress must opt-in for students in their district to participate.

The winning apps will be featured on the house.gov website. Each district will provide its winner with a prize.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for students in our congressional district, and I’m excited about helping to foster their interest in science, technology, engineering and math education,” Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said in a statement.

Eshoo is national co-chair of the competition along with Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

Students interested in participating must submit their app’s source code online between Feb. 1 and April 30. They must also provide a video explaining their app and what they learned while creating it.

The next decade is predicted to create about 8.5 million STEM job opportunities, according to Eshoo.

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