Rocketeers in Orbit: First Annual ‘House App Contest’ Promotes STEM Education

Rocketeers are always encouraged to reach out to our community and contribute by donating time and expertise to help promote STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and the importance of it.  We were thrilled when we were approached by Congressman Marc Veasey’s team and invited to participate in the first annual ‘House App Contest’.  This new competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.  Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.

Last week, Bottle Rocket Director of Strategy, James Helms gave a highly informative and entertaining presentation at Pinkston High School in Dallas hosted by their math club and open to all the high schools in Dallas.  Congressman Veasey spoke to the students about the House App Contest.

We also look forward to participating in an upcoming workshop where the Congressman the students and families will get to experience hands-on science presentations, enjoy robotics demonstrations, discover why physics is mind-blowing, talk to app designers and hear more about the STEM Competition.

The “House App Contest” is open to all high school students in the 33rd Congressional District. For more information, visit: