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Monday, February 10, 2014

Langevin Hosts STEM Competition for High Schools in Second District

Congressional Contest Challenges Students to Create Their Own App

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) announced today the launch of the first Congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the House Student App Challenge, for the Second Congressional District. 

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that invites high school students to compete by creating their own software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices. This competition is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields.

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, I believe that we must support programs and initiatives that produce a skilled workforce capable of remaining competitive in high-wage, high-skill careers, such as those involving the STEM disciplines,” said Langevin. 

“It is estimated that there will be an additional 8.5 million STEM job opportunities created in the next decade, so it is crucial that we prepare our young people to be successful in these in-demand careers. A skilled workforce is essential to making Rhode Island a desirable place to open and grow a business, and that work must start in the classroom.”

The House Student App Challenge is open to all high school students who live in, are eligible to attend public schools in, or are enrolled in school in the Second Congressional District. Students can participate as individuals or on teams of up to four students, and entries are being accepted now through April 30, 2014. 

Participants must sign up through Congressman Langevin’s website, as well as the competition portal at Mentors will be available to answer questions and support participants during the contest submission period. 

Once the apps are complete, students must provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demonstration explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process. Application source code must be provided to Langevin’s office no later than April 30, 2014.

Completed apps will be judged by a panel of Rhode Island technology professionals, and will be evaluated based on concept, implementation and impact. Congressman Langevin will recognize the winning developer or developing team at a district awards presentation, and the app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website. There will also be a display in the U.S. Capitol to honor all of the district-level winners.

More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition and helpful programming resources can be found on Rep. Langevin’s website.