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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

2014 House STEM Competition

Announcing the 2014 House App Contest Winner for Southwest Oregon

Congratulations to Connor Fitzpatrick, creator of the State Puzzles app and winner of the 2014 House STEM App Competition for Southwest Oregon! I’m excited to display Connor’s app in the House of Representatives this year. The House STEM competition exists to promote STEM education in high schools throughout the country, and will continue annually in Southwest Oregon. Please keep an eye on my website for updates about the competition.

You can see my video message congratulating Connor here.

About the 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 MAY 31ST, 2014, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

Resources for Students and Teachers


I am pleased to recognize a number of outstanding leaders from Southwest Oregon's Tech community who served as advisors 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