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<strong><u>Congressional App Challenge</u></strong>The 3rd annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) has now launched and will run through November 1, 2017. The CAC is a congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local app challenges hosted by the Members of Congress. This year, there are over <a style="background-color: #ffffff" href="">165 Members of Congress signed up</a> to participate!The CAC aims to bridge the gender, geographic, and racial gaps in tech. In its first two years, the program yielded <strong>239 challenges</strong> across <strong>33 states</strong>. Over <strong>1,150 apps</strong> were created by nearly <strong>4,000 students</strong>, and participant demographics surpassed all industry diversity metrics, with young women representing 30% of all competitors. This year, the Congressional App Challenge will strive to build upon those numbers.During the<strong> </strong>next 14 weeks, thousands of students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit their own original applications that will be evaluated by panels of local judges. The Members of Congress will announce the winners in early December. Winners will be honored by their Member of Congress and their apps may be eligible to be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.The CAC was created because Congress recognizes how essential computer science and STEM skills are for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. is currently experiencing a dearth of adequately trained technical talent. By some estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million unfilled programming jobs in the US, right now. The CAC is a congressional effort to maintain American competitiveness, by proactively inspiring our youth and encouraging them to pursue these crucial skills.The Challenge owes gratitude to Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo, co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who requested and supported the creation of the CAC.For more information click <a style="background-color: #ffffff" href="">here</a>.





Zero Robotics- Middle School ISS SPHERES Challenge 2017

The Idaho STEM Action Center would like to extend huge congratulations to Idaho’s Zero Robotics teams for their West Coast championship in the Synchronized Position Hold Engage Re-orient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) challenge for the 2017 Zero Robotics Program!


Teams from all over Idaho created and strung together massive amounts of computer code used in real time to navigate robotic equipment aboard the International Space Station. Idaho competed against teams across the world and the competition was streamed live from space. Zero Robotics is a computer programming competition for middle school students through a partnership between MIT and NASA.


The Idaho STEM Action Center help fund the Zero Robotics Program in Idaho. Idaho AfterSchool Network facilitated the Idaho’s Zero Robotics program and worked with out-of-school program providers and school districts to provide the program curriculum, training, and technical support at no cost for the teams.


The STEM Action Center is proud to help bring this program to Idaho and all the teams that represented Idaho so well. For more information on the program, click here.


Team across Idaho included:

  • Coeur d’Alene Launch Academy, CDA
  • TRIO Code Talkers, Pocatello
  • The Undergrounders, Kellogg
  • Lakeland Hawks, Rathdrum
  • NWA 2.0, Burley
  • College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls
  • East Bonner County Library District and Sandpoint Middle School, Sandpoint
  • Victory Middle School, Meridian
  • Carey Astronauts, Hailey
  • Sage International, Boise
  • The Spud-niks, Boise

tives Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo, co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who requested and supported the creation of the CAC.

For more information click <a style="background-color: #ffffff" href="">here</a>.