Congresswoman Hartzler encourages students to compete in the House App Challenge

Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is inviting students, ages 13 and over, from Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District to take part in an opportunity to showcase their prowess in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by competing in the First Annual House Student App Contest. The House App Contest will run through April 30, 2014.

“This annual competition is designed to inspire our students’ creativity and to encourage their participation in STEM education fields,” Hartzler said. “Members of the House of Representatives created this challenge in 2013 to allow students nationwide to compete by creating and exhibiting a software application or ‘app’ for various devices on a platform of their choosing. This is a great opportunity for students to create, from scratch, a working app and demonstrate it. The House App Challenge website has a host of resources for students to learn coding techniques and expand what they might already know. The winners from each district will also have their app featured on the House of Representatives website as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.”

Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube video demo explaining their app and what they learned throughout the competition process. The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals from the academic, software and entrepreneureal fields.

All submissions must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. For further information, resources, registration and general guidelines please visit the House App Challenge website at, Congresswoman Hartzler’s website at, or contact Austin Kramer at 573-442-9311.

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.