House Passes Rural STEM Education Act

September 17, 2020
Press Release

Congressional App Challenge Open for Fourth District Students

The House of Representatives has passed the Rural STEM Education Act. The legislation authorizes the National Science Foundation to award grants that will improve participation in the STEM fields in rural communities. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Congressman John Moolenaar is a long-time supporter of STEM education and he is once again sponsoring this year’s Congressional App Challenge in the Fourth District. The contest is open to middle school and high school students and it encourages them to use their coding skills to create smartphone apps. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four people.

"STEM education is the gateway to some of the best careers available and this legislation will increase STEM opportunities so more students will be ready for those jobs," said Congressman Moolenaar. “I also encourage this year’s students to enter the Congressional App Challenge, where they can demonstrate their creativity and use their skills to build a new smartphone app."

The deadline for students to enter the Congressional App Challenge is October 19. Parents, students and teachers can learn more about contest at