LINCOLN SQUARE — All that time that kids spend on their computers, smartphones and tablets isn't translating into a generation of scientists and engineers.
“Over the next decade there will be an estimated 8.5 million STEM job opportunities but only 1 million qualified graduates," said U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, as he announced his district's participation in the House STEM App Challenge.
The contest is open to all high school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools in the 5th Congressional District.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for students in our district, and I’m excited to help foster their interest in science, technology, engineering and math education,” Quigley said in a statement.
The competition — designed to promote innovation and interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields — invites students to create their own software application for computer, tablet or mobile devices, using whatever platform they choose.
The deadline for submissions is April 30. Winners from each participating congressional district will be announced May 15.
Information on how to enter the competition, as well as application development resources can be found here.