The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 10, 2014

Congress searches for app-iness

Dave Sutor

JOHNSTOWN — Is there an app for that?

If not – and if you are a tech-savvy high school student – you can create one and possibly receive recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for your work.

The inaugural House Student App Challenge got underway recently.

It is a congressional science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition in which students can make their own apps, which are small software applications for smartphones, tablets or other computing devices.

“The congressional STEM competition is an excellent opportunity for students to explore new interests and build technical skills that will serve them and their communities well,” said U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, from Pennsylvania’s 12th district.

“This competition, which requires students to develop an app, will help foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and will encourage young people to pursue careers in these important and high-demand fields.

“I look forward to showcasing the work of our bright young western Pennsylvanians,” Rothfus said.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. April 30.

Interested students can find more information at

The apps will be judged based on concept, design and execution.

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