WASHINGTON – High school students who live or attend school in Rhode Island’s first congressional district are eligible to participate in the House Student App Challenge, a nationwide event designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM education fields.
U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline announced last week that his district would join in the event, which invites high school students to compete by creating their own software applications for desktop, mobile or tablet devices.
“This is a great opportunity for kids and their parents to have fun, learn, and promote STEAM education,” said Cicilline, who serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet that oversees information technology. “I encourage all eligible Rhode Islanders to participate in this competition and look forward to viewing what they create.”
Eligible students can participate as individuals or on teams of up to four students, and app entries are being accepted now through April 30. In addition to providing the app source code, students must also create a YouTube or Vimeo video explaining how the app works and what they learned through the competition.
Completed apps will be judged by a panel of Rhode Island technology professionals and evaluated on the basis of concept, implementation and impact. The winning app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
The House Student App Challenge, also known as the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition, was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, and this year marks the first annual competition. Members of Congress must opt-in for their district to participate, and only students in participating districts are eligible to compete.
Rhode Island’s second congressional district, represented by U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin, is also participating in the 2014 competition and launched its own competition earlier this month.