High schoolers can join in competition

U.S. Rep.  Jim Himes (D-4th) is inviting local high school students to show off their digital prowess.

Mr. Himes, a three-term congressman and a Cos Cob resident is asking students to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition. This new nationwide competition, also known as the “House App Contest,” allows high school students 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.

The competition is open to all high school students ages 13 and up in the Fourth District, which includes Greenwich.

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.

“We know that science, technology, engineering, and math 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,” said Mr. Himes in a press release. “I invite all high school students who are passionate about the STEM subjects to participate in the first annual House App Contest, and I look forward to seeing the entries.”

To enter, students must register at Studentappchallenge.house.gov, create an account on Challengepost.com, and register for the House Student App Contest under Mr. Himes’ profile. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

For more information, visit Mr. Himes’ website at Himes.house.gov/stem-academic-competition.

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