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Washington, DC, February 11, 2014 | comments

Rep. Tom Reed is pleased to announce the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition open to all high school students in New York’s 23rd district. The new “House STEM App Challenge” encourages students to apply their creativity and innovation in STEM fields by creating their very own software application, or “app,” and presenting their design to experts in STEM fields.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the outstanding talent and creativity of students in our region,” Reed said. “STEM fields offer some of the most high-tech, high-paying career opportunities around today. Getting students involved early will help develop vital STEM skills and fill those in-demand jobs to ensure a strong workforce and vibrant economy. Strongly supporting STEM education, I am proud to offer this hands-on opportunity for the young entrepreneurs in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.”

Created this year by Members of the House of Representatives, this competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to create and exhibit a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Students entering the competition will submit a YouTube video explaining their “app” and documenting what they learned throughout the process.

The submitted proposals will be judged by an appointed panel within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields from the 23rd district. The “app” selected as the winner will be featured on Reed’s official website,, and displayed in the United States Capitol.

The competition submission period is open until April 30, 2014. Students must register and create an account at in order to participate. Additional information about this competition including eligibility and requirements can be found at Please contact Chris Smeenk in Rep. Reed’s Geneva office at (315) 759-5229 or Kevin Mooney in the Washington office at (202) 225-3161 with any questions.  


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