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Pocan to participate in new competition
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mark Pocan will participate in the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition "House Student App Challenge."

The new competition is designed to encourage students' creativity and participation in STEM education fields. Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the competition is a nationwide event that gives high school students the opportunity to compete by creating and exhibiting a software application or "app" for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choosing.

To enter the competition, students must submit either a YouTube or VIMEO video that demonstrates and explains their app and what they learned through the competition process. Students may submit entries that are conceptual and do not have a working program.

High school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in the Second Congressional District may participate. To confirm eligibility, visit Participants must be at least 13 years old by Feb. 1.

Students may choose to compete in teams of up to four students; two must reside in or be eligible to attend public high school in the Second Congressional District.

The competition submission period runs from noon eastern time Saturday, Feb. 1 through noon eastern time Wednesday, April 30.

To enter the competition, students must create an account on and register for the "House Student App Challenge" under Pocan's profile during the competition submission period. Students should register for the House Student App Challenge at and then register at All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.