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Rep. Anna Eshoo kicks off the first annual Congressional student app challenge

by Contributed Content on February 1, 2014

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Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), ranking member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, announced the launch of the first annual congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the House Student App Challenge, for the 18th Congressional District. Eshoo is also co-chair of the nationwide competition with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that invites high school students from all congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields.

“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,” said the Congresswoman. “The next decade is estimated to create approximately 8.5 million STEM job opportunities, but during the same time it is also estimated that the U.S. will face a shortage of one million STEM graduates. The House Student App Challenge seeks to address this challenge by encouraging students to create their own app and pursue an education in STEM fields.”

The House Student App Challenge is open to all high school students who meet one of two requirements: 1) they attend public high school in the 18th Congressional District or 2) are eligible to attend public high schools located in the 18th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process during the submission period between February 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014.

More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found on Rep. Eshoo’s website or at StudentAppChallenge.house.gov.

Photo by Scott R. Kline taken for InMenlo in 2011.

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