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Womack Announces Winner of First Annual Third District Congressional App Challenge

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Washington, February 19, 2016 | comments

Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, also known as the ‘Congressional App Challenge,’ is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.  This competition is part of a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their own software application, or ‘app,’ for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Hosted by Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), the Third District participated in the competition for the first time this year.  The Challenge was open to all high school students in the Third District.  From the 17 entries, the winner and the runner-up were selected by a panel judges from the community, including Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie Consulting, Phyl Amerine of Startup Junkie Consulting, Jessica Boyd of Community Venture Foundation, and Jim Kane of Gemini Development.

Today, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) hosted an award ceremony, where he announced that Marc Aranibar, Tyler Gay, and Austin Shanley of Bentonville High School won first place for their app titled “Virtual Reality Math,” a one-of-a-kind educational app that aims to increase math-skill learning retention rates by testing the user over basic math skills, such as multiplication, subtraction, and addition with the use of virtual reality technology.  The team’s app will be displayed at a kiosk in the U.S. Capitol. 

“The Congressional App Challenge gives high school students of the Third District a platform to showcase their incredible creativity and innovations for the technological world,” Womack said.  “I am proud to host the Congressional App Challenge and want to thank every student who participated in this year’s competition.  Congratulations to Marc Aranibar, Tyler Gay, and Austin Shanley of Bentonville High School for their winning app, ‘Virtual Reality Math.’  I look forward to seeing their app on display in the Capitol!” 

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.


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