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[February 19, 2014]

Rep. Pocan Calls for Student Submissions to 'House Student App Challenge'

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis. (2nd CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Pocan is pleased to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the "House Student App Challenge." This is a new competition that is designed to encourage students' creativity and participation in STEM education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that gives high school students the opportunity to compete by creating and exhibiting a software application or "app" for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choosing.


To enter the competition, students must submit either a YouTube or VIMEO video that demonstrates and explains their app and what they learned through the competition process. Please note that students may submit entries that are conceptual and do not have a working program.

High school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in the 2nd Congressional District may participate. To confirm if you are eligible, please visit http://studentappchallenge.house.gov/. Participants must be at least 13 years of age as of February 1, 2014.

Students may choose to compete in teams of up to 4 students maximum, two of whom must reside in or be eligible to attend public high school in the 2nd Congressional District.

The competition submission period runs from 12:00 p.m. EST on February 1st, 2014 through 12:00 p.m. EST on April 30th, 2014.

To enter the competition, students must create an account on www.challengepost.com and then register for the "House Student App Challenge" under Congressman Pocan's profile during the competition submission period. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

Step One: Register for the House Student App Challenge (http://studentappchallenge.house.gov/) Step Two: Register at http://housestudentapps.challengepost.com/ Some resources students may find useful include: * 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 * Alice (http://www.alice.org/) is used to create 3D animations Development Kits: * Apple iOS Developer Program (https://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/) * Android- Develop for Android (http://developer.android.com/index.html) * Windows Apps (http://developer.android.com/index.html) TNS30VitinMar-140220-4641931 30VitinMar (c) 2014 Targeted News Service

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