U.S. Congressional News:
SANTA FE—U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced details today for the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House Student App Challenge.”
High school students from the Third District can compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The winning entry from each participating congressional district will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year.
“The House Student App Challenge gives students the opportunity to engage their creativity and spark an interest in the STEM education fields. Instead of just using the latest app or playing the latest video game, this contest challenges students to build it,” Luján said. “New Mexico has a rich history of innovation in technology and it is exciting to see the next generation of innovators build upon that legacy. I wish all of the contestants the best of luck and look forward to seeing their apps.”
The “House Student App Challenge” is open to all high school students in New Mexico’s Third Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the competition submission period, which is open until 5 p.m. EDT, April 30. They must also provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.
Throughout the competition period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners, located within the community, to mentor and assist them with their app development. Additional details, including information on how students can register for the contest, is available at www.lujan.house.gov/blog/house-student-app-challenge.