Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Congressional Student STEM Challenge

Burbank, CA –Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the start of the annual congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the Congressional App Challenge, for the 28th Congressional District.  The competition aims to foster an early interest and engagement in STEM education and technology by challenging students to develop an application (“app”).

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that invites high school students from all congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Throughout the competition period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners, tech entrepreneurs, and tech experts located in the District to mentor and assist them with their app development.

“There is a drastic shortage of STEM graduates needed to fill the over 8 million new STEM jobs projected over the next decade,” said Schiff. “This challenge aims to help meet that long-term need by encouraging students to develop an early interest in STEM fields through creating their own app. Hopefully, we find some innovative entrepreneurs within our community!”

The House Student STEM Challenge is open to all high school students who live in or attend high school in the 28th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must register and submit their apps at https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/congressional-app-challenge-ca-28-rep-schiff/ during the competition submission period now open through January 15, 2016.

More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found here or at http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/educational-resources/.