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App Contest


This year marks the 1st Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House App Contest.” 

This competition is designed to engage the creativity of young Americans and encourage participation in STEM education fields. This competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.

Congressman Cardenas will meet with outside experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for the purposes of establishing criteria for the selection of competition judges and for the judging of competition submissions. Based on their advice, the Congressman will establish a judging system.

The App Competition is open only to high school students who reside in the 29th Congressional district or who are eligible to attend public high school in the district.  Individuals submitting on behalf of teams must meet the eligibility requirements for individual Contestants.

The “House App Contest” is open to all high school students in the San Fernando Valley. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM Eastern Standard Time on FEBRUARY 1st, 2014, and 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on MAY 31st, 2014, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

After submitting, students should visit after Saturday, February 1st to submit contact information, the completed student release form, and their final app entry.

To Register

To enter, create an account at and then register for the House Student App Contest under my (Congressman Tony Cardenas') profile during the Competition Submission Period. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

  1. Register for the House Student App Challenge
  2. Register at

Resources for Students and Teachers



Submitted apps may not be indecent, defamatory, vulgar, pornographic, in obvious bad taste, or demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals. Submitted apps may not be illegal under applicable federal and state laws. The design of the app may be a mock up app or it may be an app that is developed and original.

Use of Apps: By submitting an app for the academic competition, a contestant expressly agrees that for the period of the contest, submitted apps are available free of charge for the period of the contest. The contestant retains ownership rights of the submitted app.