Ed invites all high school students from Colorado's 7th Congressional District to participate in the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, or the House STEM App Challenge. This competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Established by 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.

2019 STEM APP CHALLEGE KEY DATES:
* April 5: Demonstration Video Submissions Due
* April 13: Competition and Reception

Please submit all work and information for the STEP App Challenge here.

 
Student Eligibility:

• Members of Congress must have opted-in to participate for their student constituents to be eligible participate in this competition. If a Member does not opt-in, constituents in that district cannot participate.
• The Competition is open only to students in high school or below.
• The Competition is open only to students who reside in a participating district or who are attending high school in a participating district.
• Student Participants may compete individually or in teams of up to 4 students.
• If competing as a team, at least two members of the team must be eligible to participate in that district.
• Any given student may only submit one app in one district.
• The Competition is subject to all applicable United States federal laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules.

Submission Requirements:
Each Contestant will be required to provide the following as part of a complete submission. Students will be asked to answer a series of questions including:
• Title of the app
• The coding language used
• Description: What they were trying to accomplish and why (350 characters max.)
• An explanation of a difficulty they faced in programming the app and how it was overcome. (1500 characters max.)
• What improvements the students would make if they were going to create a version 2.0 of their app. (750 characters max.)

Demonstration Video:
• Students must create a demonstration video, no more than 1 to 3 minutes.
• The video must be posted on YouTube, Vimeo, or a similar publicly accessible forum.
• The video must be accessible to watch online.
• The student must provide the link on the Congressional App Challenge submission form.
• Videos that are longer than 3 minutes will not be disqualified, but they will be penalized per the judges’ discretion. 
• Teams: The app only needs to be submitted once by a member of the team.

App Requirements:
• All submissions must be in English.
• An individual may appear on only one entry, either alone or as part of a team.
• Submissions must not be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct or adversely affect the reputation of congressional districts.
• Submissions must not:
o Be illegal under applicable laws;
o Depict hatred, defame, threaten a specific community in the society or incite violence;
o Contain vulgar language or violence; or
o Contain pornography, obscenity or sexual activity.
o Violate the Intellectual Property, common law or privacy rights of other parties.
• Submissions must:
o Be original;
o Have been created within one calendar year of the closing of the Submission Period, i.e. since NOVEMBER 2, 2015; and
o Be solely owned by Contestant such that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown.


STUDENT FAQs:

Q: Can I participate as part of a team?
A: Yes! You can participate in teams of up to four (4).
Students are allowed to submit apps in teams of up to four (4) students, provided that at least two of the teammates are eligible to participate in the district the team competing in. Teams with more than four Members will not be considered eligible.

Q: What if my teammates and I live in different districts?
A: That’s alright, as long as at least 2 of the teammates are eligible to participate in the same district.
For example, if you and your teammate live in different districts, but attend the same high school, your team would be eligible to participate in the district your high school is located in (as long as that Member of Congress has signed up.) If you and your teammate live in different districts and go to school in different districts, you will not be eligible to compete as a team.

Q: What if two of us worked on an app together, but aren’t eligible in the same district. Can we both submit the app to our own districts, as individuals?
A: No. Any app created may only be submitted to the Congressional App Challenge once. This is to make sure that students can’t just submit an app they created as many times as possible, to get a better chance of winning.

Q: Is it ok if the members of our team go to different schools or are in different grades?
A: Yes! As long as at least two of the teammates are eligible to participate in the district you’re competing in, then it’s fine if you go to different schools or are in different grades.

Q: Is there an age requirement to participate in the Congressional App Challenge?
A: No. Students who have graduated from high school will not be eligible to compete, but there is no age minimum for students to participate.

App Specification FAQs:
Q: Do I have to create a specific type of app?
A: No! You can create an app about whatever topic you’re passionate about, whether it’s a game or a tool, on whatever platform you like.

Q: What are the requirements for the app?
A: Submissions must:
• Be original;
• Be solely owned by Contestant such that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown;
• Have been created within the last year (i.e. since November 2, 2015).
 Submissions must not:
• Be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct or adversely affects the reputation of congressional district:
• Be illegal under applicable laws;
• Depict hatred, defame, threaten a specific community in the society or incite violence;
• Contain vulgar language or violence; or
• Contain pornography, obscenity or sexual activity.
• Violate the Intellectual Property, common law or privacy rights of other parties.

Q: Can my app be a web app, or does it have to be a mobile app?
A: You can create any type of app, mobile, web, desktop or anything else. The majority of students have chosen to create mobile apps in the past, but you are free to use whatever platform you like. It won’t have any impact on the judging process.

Q: I created an app for a different project or program. Can I submit that app to the competition?
A: Absolutely. Students are allowed to submit apps that they created for other programs or projects, as long as it meets the other eligibility requirements listed above.

Q: Do I have to submit a fully developed app, or can I just submit an idea for an app?
A: This is a coding competition, so your app should have some level of functionality.

Q: How many apps can I submit?
A: One.

Judging Criteria FAQs
Q: How will our apps be judged?
A: Your apps will be judged based on quality of the idea; implementation of the idea; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
• Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality)
Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design);
• Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

Q: Who will judge our apps?
A: Panels of local judges. Your Member of Congress will recruit local tech professionals, teachers, and entrepreneurs, who will watch your videos, read your question answers, and judge your submissions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Macarena Villagomez Tapia at (303) 274-7944 or at macarena.tapia@mail.house.gov.

Stay Connected

Sign up to get Ed's newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.

Upcoming Events

See the upcoming events on Ed's calendar.

No upcoming scheduled events

View More