ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM-01, announced that she will host the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.”
This competition seeks to promote innovation in STEM fields by inviting high school students in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District to submit ideas for a software application or “app” for mobile, tablet or computer devices and present their design in a two-minute YouTube video.
“I am excited to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of New Mexico’s students through the House STEM App Challenge. This competition provides a unique opportunity for New Mexican students to display their skills and spend one-on-one time with STEM experts,” Lujan Grisham said. “I wish all the contestants the best of luck and I look forward to seeing their submissions.”
The competition opened Feb. 1, and all submissions are due by 10 p.m. MT Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The submitted app designs will be judged by a panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields. The winning student’s app in each congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.house.gov), as well as on display in the U.S. Capitol.
Participating students will be provided the opportunity to engage with STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development. These events will be held at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Computer Science at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24.
For more information, students can visit Rep. Lujan Grisham’s website at www.lujangrisham.house.gov. To compete, students will need to create an account on www.challengepost.com will also need to register for the House Student App Contest by completing the entry form on http://studentappchallenge.house.gov/.
In June 2013, Lujan Grisham worked with the entire New Mexico Congressional Delegation to introduce the STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM²) Act, legislation to strengthen STEM education and training programs in New Mexico and across the country.