Students Invited to Participate in Congressional App Contest

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — High school students in the 13th congressional district are invited to compete in the 2015 Congressional App Challenge, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan announced Tuesday.

Occupations in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and science — are projected to grow at nearly twice the rate of non-STEM occupations between 2008 and 2018, Ryan noted. Some estimates predict a shortage of up to 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018.

The contest is intended to improve student engagement in coding and computer science. Students will create and submit their own original apps that will be judged by panels of local judges.

“With the projected growth in the STEM sector, it is essential for students to develop these skills which, with further education and development, will encourage growth and innovation in northeastern Ohio,” Ryan, D-13 Ohio, said in a statement. “This challenge provides students with an opportunity to develop those skills.”

The winner will be announced and honored by Ryan Feb. 22 and the app will be on display in the Capitol Building alongside winners from other districts.

The Internet Education Foundation is the operating sponsor of the contest. For more information about the contest, go to or call Ryan’s Youngstown office at 330 740 0193.

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