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[February 14, 2014]

Rokita Announces 2014 Congressional STEM Contest for Indiana HS Students

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 -- Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind. (4th CD), issued the following news release: Rep. Todd Rokita, Chairman of the House Committee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, issued the following statement announcing the 2014 Congressional STEM competition for Indiana's 4th District High School students.


"I invite all high school students from Indiana's 4th Congressional District to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition: The House STEM App Challenge. This new competition is designed to engage student's creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields," said Rokita.

Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows 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.

As Chairman of the House Committee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, Rokita has made STEM education a top priority of his subcommittee in the 113th Congress.

Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located throughout the community to mentor and assist them with their app development. Students entering the competition must submit their app's source code online by the March 31, 2014 midnight EST deadline, as well as provide a YouTube video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields. The winning student's app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives' website (www.house.gov), as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. Additional details on the House STEM App Challenge will be announced in the coming weeks and provided on Rokita's website at: rokita.house.gov Students interested in participating will need to register at StudentAppChallenge.House.gov. I hope that you will participate in this exciting event. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call my District Office at 317-718-0404, and ask for Anthony Will.

Resources for Students and Teachers * Code.org (http://code.org/) * 36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming (http://java.dzone.com/news/36-resources-help-you-teach) * CodeAcademy.COM self-taught courses in HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and PHP (http://www.codeacademy.com/) * MIT App Inventor tutorial to develop mobile apps on Android phones. (http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/hour-of-code.html) * Scratch a simple visual programming language (http://scratch.mit.edu/) * Alice is used to create 3D animations (http://www.alice.org/) * Development Kits....Apple, Android and Windows (https://housenet.house.gov/serving-constituents/stem-competition/stem-resources-for-students-and-teachers#development%20kits) * FAQ (http://rokita.house.gov/sites/rokita.house.gov/files/STEM_FAQs.pdf) TNS 30VitinMar-140215-4638671 30VitinMar (c) 2014 Targeted News Service

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