Posted by: Tom Ross | February 27, 2014

House App Challenge for High School Students

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In 2013, members of the U.S. House of Representatives created the House Student App Challenge, a competition for high school students nationwide to create a new software application or “app.” The challenge is designed “to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education fields” as well as “promote the importance of  STEM education for our nation’s long-term economic competitiveness.” This year the competition began on February 1 and ends on April 30, 2014.


In each district, your members of Congress must confirm that your district will participate in this competition. You can check to see if you are eligible by going to the Challenge Registration page. In San Diego, for example, Representative Scott Peters has opted in for the challenge in the 52nd Congressional District.

“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, “ Representative Scott Peters adds.

To enter, students must create an account on the Challenge Post site and then register for the challenge. This page also presents information on eligibility, requirements, and judging.

Students have the opportunity to compete to create the best app, as judged by a panel of local technology and innovation leaders. The winner will be chosen based on two videos they create to show what the app does and how it was developed. And they will have their app idea featured on their local Representative’s website and on display in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. See more on this under Requirements.

Resources for Students and Teachers:

Tell your students!


  1. And speaking of student challenges, this just in: the first White House student video competition on how they–the students–learn STEM skills using technology in the classroom:

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