The House STEM App Challenge

posted by: Mr. Bergquist 23 February 2014 No Comment

This year marks the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House Student App Challenge.”  This new challenge is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.  Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this challenge is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to learn by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.


  • District Winner – Display of winning app video on House.GOV and Certificate of Excellence.
  • Honorable Mention – Congressman Adam Smith will award additional certificates based on criteria of his choosing (likely various categories)

Deadline: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (must be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 30 – that is 8:59pm Pacific Time).

Teams: Participants may compete individually or in teams of up to 4 students.  Every team member needs to register (link below) and provide the Student Information and Release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Garfield Students should apply to Congressman Adam Smith’s application since Garfield is in Washington’s 9th Congressional District.  His details linked here.

Getting Started: 

1. First Register early to receive important challenge updates and details on how to submit your entry at:  NOTE: that Rep. Smith’s STEM App Challenge requires students to only submit a prototype mockup of their app, not an actual functioning app; please select that option when registering. (More Details at: ).  Every team member needs to register.

2. Each Team and it’s Contestants will be required to provide the following as part of their Submission: 

  • A link to the Application Demonstration Video.  ChallengePost supports YouTube or VIMEO.  Please note that your entry may be judged in its entirety based on this video.  It is important to demonstrate the scope and quality of your application in this video.  No more than two minutes in length.
  • A link to the Developer Video.  ChallengePost supports YouTube or VIMEO.  The participant will describe how they created the app and what they learned.  No more than one minute in length.
  • An entry form (provided through registration process above later)
  • Student Information and Release form signed by a parent or guardian – linked here.  (More details later on mailing these in.)

 Full Rules:

Congressman Smith’s Guidelines:

Congressman McDermott’s Detailed Instructions: (for Alex, Max & Ryan)





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