southtownstar
LABORIOUS 
Weather Updates

Kelly kicks off congressional student app challenge

RobKelly  |  Supplied photo

Robin Kelly | Supplied photo

storyidforme: 61565215
tmspicid: 22263510
fileheaderid: 10581018

Updated: April 3, 2014 6:04AM



U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd, recently announced the launch of her inaugural congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the House Student App Challenge, for her district, according to a press release from her office.

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the nationwide competition invites high school students from all participating congressional districts to create and exhibit a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields, according to the release.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for students in my congressional district, and I’m excited about helping to foster their interest in science, technology, engineering and math education,” Kelly said in the release. “The next decade is estimated to create approximately 8.5 million STEM job opportunities, but it is also estimated that the U.S. will face a shortage of 1 million STEM graduates. The House Student App Challenge seeks to address this challenge by encouraging students to create their own app and pursue an education in STEM fields.”

The challenge is open to all high school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools in the district. Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube or Vimeo video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process during the competition submission period, which is underway and runs to April 30.

For more details on submitting a contest entry, the rules and helpful programming resources, visit www.robinkelly.house.gov/student-app-challenge or StudentAppChallenge.house.gov.

Staff report



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.