Rep. Owens hosting high school STEM competition in North Country district
Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 8:32 am

North Country Representative Bill Owens plans to host a congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for high school students from his district.

“Students who can master the STEM subjects will earn great jobs and lead the nation’s next period of economic growth,” said Owens, who represents the 21 Congressional District. “I encourage young people to participate in this competition and gain exposure to the STEM fields.”

For the first time, Members of Congress across the country are hosting STEM competitions in their districts. The contest will focus on developing a working or conceptual software application.

Students will design a working or conceptual software application and present it in a two minute YouTube video. A panel of judges from the district will determine the best presentations.

The design of the winning North Country student will have their design featured at an interactive exhibit at the United States Capitol.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, just 16 percent of American high school students are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career.

The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that Americans employed in the STEM fields earn 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.

Even if students do not end up working in the STEM fields, those with STEM backgrounds out-earn their peers, Owens said.

Official contest rules will be posted on Owens’ website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Participants can submit entries Feb. 1 through March 30.

Call 202-225-4611 with questions.

Young app developers will find a list of introductory resources at