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The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

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The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.

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The Zoohackathon is a computer coding and technology intensive event that brings together developers, designers, project managers, and subject matter experts to create applications, systems, and tools to help reduce demand for trafficked wildlife products.

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astronaut robot prototype

In the not so distant future, robots will work alongside, as well as in advance of, humans to take on some of our workload, and for scientific discoveries and exploration at distant locations.  Tasks such as deploying and preparing habitats and power systems on Mars before humans arrive; and here on Earth, assisting wtih disaster relief and industrial plant maintenance.

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Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally

Test your skills in numerical analysis, simulation and testing to design the perfect race engine. The winning team will enjoy a job experience with the APRILIA Racing team, which during its young history already counts on several World Championship Awards. Competing teams will enjoy a hands-on experience and learn how to balance the use of cutting edge software technology with their analytical applied mathematics background, in the quest for the optimal design.

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The National STEM Video Game Challenge is open for student submissions of original, playable video games and game design documents.

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If you will be in the Washington D.C. area this weekend, check out the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The event will be held on April 15-17, 2016 and will give over 1,000 STEM organizations from all over the United States the opportunity to present hands-on, fun science activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 

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The inaugural ASME Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D (IAM3D) Challenge is designed to give mechanical and multi-disciplinary undergraduate students around the world an opportunity to re-engineer existing products or create new designs that minimize energy consumption and/or improve energy efficiency. Students will showcase their creativity by demonstrating the value added through their ingenuity, application of sound engineering design principles, and leveraging Additive Manufacturing technology to address a broad spectrum of industrial, manufacturing, and humanitarian challenges.

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The MTConnect Student Challenge is an innovation competition that seeks student-created ideas and applications utilizing the MTConnect Standard.

The MTConnect Student Challenge is an opportunity for all U.S.-based undergraduate and graduate students. It may be of particular interest to those studying engineering or computer science disciplines. 

Why Participate?

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Learn basic programming skills with the "Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code" tutorial on Code.org. Drag and drop blocks of code to program the BB-8 droid to walk and collect bits of scrap metal. Team up with Princess Leia to build your own game featuring R2-D2 or C-3PO. Play your game on your smart phone and share your completed game with friends. 

Check out the tutorial!

 

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