STEM Competition

House App Contest LogoThe Congressional STEM Competition was created to encourage student participation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Students across the country are invited to participate, with new challenges posed each year. In 2014, participating individuals or teams of up to four students are asked to develop a working app on a platform of their choice. These apps will be judged by a panel of Rhode Island technology professionals and will be evaluated based on concept, implementation and impact.

The STEM Competition is open to all high school students over the age of 13 in the 2nd District. I will recognize the winning app’s developer(s) at a district awards presentation, and the app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website. There will also be a display in the U.S. Capitol to honor all of the district-level winners.

Interested students must register online with my office AND with More information is available about the contest in our Frequently Asked Questions. Please also review the Offical Contest Rules.

Important dates for the 2014 STEM Competition

  • February 1, 2014: Registration opens
  • April 30, 2014: All submissions are due by midnight
  • Early May 2014: Judges consider submissions
  • Mid-May 2014: Winners notified and promoted on

Contest entry requirements

  • Entry form (submitted through ChallengePost)
  • Demonstration video of their app, no longer than two minutes (submitted through ChallengePost)
  • Developer video, no longer than one minute, in which participant describes how they created the app and what they learned (submitted through ChallengePost)
  • Source code for the app (submission process TBD)

App development resources for students