House STEM App Challenge open to high school students

Maui County high school students are invited to take part in the inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced.

The “House STEM App Challenge” offers students from the islands and across the country an opportunity to compete in the creation of a software application – commonly referred to as an “app” – for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice, according to the announcement.

“Our students are equipped to become leaders in technology and innovation, and friendly competitions like the House STEM App Challenge encourage them to explore advanced industries,” Gabbard said. “This is an opportunity for our talented keiki to showcase their abilities and work toward high-skilled opportunities in our 21st-century economy.”

The apps will be judged by an appointed panel within academic, technology and entrepreneurial fields. The winning student’s app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website and put on display at an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol.

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The deadline to submit applications for the competition is April 30.