Honored by U.S. Representative Ed Royce, one team of Rosary students were honored for their winning submission in the 2014 Congressional STEM Competition: House App Contest.
The national competition, which was authorized by H.Res 77, challenges high school students to create a fully-functioning mobile application or to design a detailed mock-up of an application, a task that requires the extensive use of STEM skills. Participants in the competition included schools in the 39th Congressional District represented by Ed Royce. Rosary High School was the only Catholic school and only all girls’ school that participated in the competition.
The winning entry, Turtle TV, was developed by “budding” software developers from Rosary High School. Madalyn Christensen '16, Brigitte McColl '16, Irene Sacendoncillo '14, and Claire Sima '16 will be recognized in Washington, D.C., along with other winners from congressional districts nationwide. The winning application allows the user to access a TV guide specific to one’s cable TV provider that is customizable to include the viewer’s favorite shows, actors, networks, and even the viewer’s mood! In addition to the winning entry, Rosary High School’s teams’ entries included: Tourist Trap; First Aid Fast; Animal Sounds; The Bathroom Locator; iMergency; Comangraph. Visit our Facebook fan page for pictures of this event.
At the reception held at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Congressman Ed Royce announced the winner and shared his views about the importance of STEM education. “As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I know that STEM education is important if the United States is to remain globally competitive. Just seeing what students in the 39th Congressional District of California created makes me excited to see what students across America are capable of. I want to commend all of the participants for their hard work and efforts, as the applications submitted were innovative and creative.”
Congressman Royce’s remarks underscores data that indicate young women who attend all girls’ school seek and succeed challenging math and science subjects more often than their co-ed school counterparts.
Congratulations to these Royals! We can't wait to see their work on display in Washington D.C.