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Bonamici announces Congressional STEM App Challenge for high school students

February 4, 2014
Press Release

Beaverton, Ore.— Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) has announced that her office is participating in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House App Contest.”

Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the contest is a nationwide event designed to encourage high school students to express their creativity while participating in STEM education fields. Students across the country will compete by creating and demonstrating a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.

“Participating in the House App Contest will require creative thinking, so students will be engaging both halves of the brain. Creativity leads to innovation, which we need to grow our economy. As a founding member of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, I view this challenge as a great opportunity for students to participate in technology development while raising awareness about the potential from integrating the arts into STEM education.”

The House App Contest is open to all high school students in Oregon's First Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014, and APRIL 30TH, 2014, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demonstration explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process.

A panel of local experts will review the submissions. Winners from each participating congressional district will be acknowledged in a district awards ceremony and featured on House.GOV. There will also be a display in the U.S. Capitol Building to honor all of the district winners.

More information on the competition, including how to register is available at: