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House Lawmakers Host STEM App Design Contest For HS Students

HTCphoneThe House has kicked off an application development contest that seeks to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

High school students participating in the contest will work to develop and demonstrate software apps for computers, tablets and cellphones, Rep. Anna Eshoo’s (D-Calif.) office said Friday.

“The next decade is estimated to create approximately 8.5 million STEM job opportunities, but during the same time it is also estimated that the U.S. will face a shortage of 1 million STEM graduates,” Eshoo said.

“The House Student App Challenge seeks to address this challenge by encouraging students to create their own app and pursue an education in STEM fields,” she added.

Eshoo, a ranking member of the House Communications and Technology Committee, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) co-chair the competition.

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