2014 House STEM Competition
House App Contest
This year marks the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House App Contest,” in which Congressman DeFazio is proud to participate. This new competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their involvement in STEM education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that 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. Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.
The “House App Contest” is open to all high school students in the 4th Congressional District of Oregon. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM Eastern Standard Time on FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014, and 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on APRIL 30TH, 2014, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.
**CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION DURING THE FIRST WEEKS OF FEBRUARY**
Can I Participate?
The Competition is open only to high school students who reside in Oregon's 4th congressional district or who are eligible to attend public high school in the district. Individuals submitting on behalf of teams must meet the eligibility requirements for individual Contestants. The official House eligibility rules can be downloaded here.
All contestants will have the opportunity to meet with Congressman DeFazio!
**REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014**
To enter, the student must create an account on www.challengepost.com -and- register for the House Student App Contest under their participating Member of Congress’ profile during the Competition Submission Period. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.
How Will My App Be Judged?
Apps will be judged broadly based on:
- The quality of the idea;
- The implementation of the idea;
- Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.*
*Note that a fully functional program is not required for successful entry. Judges will give full consideration to conceptual entries that demonstate viable design and capability.
**MORE INFORMATION ON JUDGING CRITERIA WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE FIRST WEEKS OF FEBRUARY**
Resources for Students and Teachers
- 36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming
- CodeAcademy.COM self-taught courses in HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and PHP
- MIT App Inventor tutorial to develop mobile apps on Android phones.
- Scratch a simple visual programming language
- Alice is used to create 3D animations
- Development Kits:
I am pleased to invite a number of outstanding leaders from Southwest Oregon's Tech community to serve as judges for this competition:
- Mike Biglan, Founder, Twenty Ideas
- Cale Bruckner, VP, Concentric Sky
- Brian Lewis, CEO, ISTE
- Sabrina Parsons, CEO, Palo Alto Software
- Kiki Prottsman, Founder, Thinkersmith
- Mike Sax, Chairman, ACT
- Jake Weatherly, CEO, SheerID