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Bonamici issues STEM challenge


Contest challenges students to design house app

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici announced that her office is participating in the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House App Contest.”

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

“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,” said Bonamici, a Beaverton Democrat.

The House App Contest is open to all high school students in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. To enter, students must submit their app’s source code online during the competition submission period, Feb. 1 to April 30, 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 about the competition, including how to register is available at bonamici.house.gov/serving-you/house-stem-app-challenge.