Local high school students can participate in U.S. House App Contest

Shelton high school students in the Fourth Congressional District can participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, also known as the “House App Contest.”

This new, nationwide competition allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application — or “app” — for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, who represents the Fourth District, said that STEM skills “are essential to our children’s future professional success — especially in this changing world economy — and this competition is a great way show kids in a real-life situation why these areas are so important.”

How to participate in the contest

The House App Contest is open to all high school students ages 13 and older in the Fourth District. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online by 11:59 p.m. on April 30, and provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demonstration explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

Entries will be judged by a team of STEM experts from the Fourth District. The winner will be announced at a reception in the district.

To enter, students must register at http://studentappchallenge.house.gov, create an account on www.challengepost.com, and register for the House Student App Contest under Himes’ profile. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

For information, go to Himes’ website, http://himes.house.gov/stem-academic-competition.