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 \u201cHouse App Contest.\u201d This new, nationwide competition allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application \u2014 or \u201capp\u201d \u2014 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 \u201care essential to our children\u2019s future professional success \u2014 especially in this changing world economy \u2014 and this competition is a great way show kids in a real-life situation why these areas are so important.\u201d 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\u2019s 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\u2019 profile. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution. For information, go to Himes\u2019 website, http:\/\/himes.house.gov\/stem-academic-competition.