Newhouse Honors Fourth Congressional District App Design Challenge Winners in Sunnyside
SUNNYSIDE, WA – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) today honored the student winners of the Fourth Congressional District App Challenge. Cinthia Santiago Villanueva and Esmeralda Lopez, students at Harrison Middle School, won the challenge with an app they designed called the Agricultural Job Finder.
“Cinthia and Esmeralda’s Agriculture Job Finder app design uses technology to connect agriculture workers with potential jobs. These young innovators applied critical STEM skills to come up with a creative and practical design that fills a real-world need. I congratulate Cinthia and Esmeralda and look forward to their continued educational success.”
The winners’ app will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building.
The Congressional App Challenge was created in 2013 because Congress recognized that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% between 2008 and 2018, compared to 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations. According to some estimates, the U.S. may be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018. To maintain American competitiveness, it is crucial that the U.S. industry invest in our youth now and help them acquire necessary STEM-based skills. The CAC highlights and encourages students to pursue those skills.