Representing more than 120 interns who have participated in the Museum of Discovery and Science’s App-titude Internship, three seniors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School applied for and won the Congressional App Challenge in Congressman Ted Deutch’s 22nd congressional district. These three students were presented with an award certificate on November 20, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Congressional App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields. This nationwide event allows high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The Congressional App Challenge is sponsored by the Internet Education Foundation, which assists congressional offices in hosting the challenges in their individual districts.
Congressman Deutch said, “The students in my district continue to impress me every day, and this year’s winners of the Congressional App Challenge are no exception. Brian, Tyler, and Scott of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School developed impressive augmented reality features for the Museum of Discovery and Science App. Their work highlights the incredible benefits and opportunities created by strong STEM, coding, and computer science education.”
Museum of Discovery and Science President and CEO Joe Cox said, “It is wonderful to see the hard work and dedication of our App-titude interns pay off. Being rewarded by this recognition paves the way for the future of the program and all the students who participate each and every year. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them!”
The App-titude Internship Program is one of the myriad of programs offered at the Museum of Discovery and Science’s Salah Foundation STEM Center for Education and Career Development. Sponsored by the United Way of Broward County, App-titude is an innovative multi-year immersion project that, over the past four years has provided students with the opportunity to earn college credits and volunteer hours while advancing their knowledge in STEM education, career opportunities, emerging technologies and learning imperative applied skills such as team work, critical thinking, communication and decision making. App-titude’s goal is to create a lifelong interest in STEM, develop 21st century skillsets and motivate students to pursue post-secondary education needed for employment in STEM occupations.
STEM Center for Education & Career Development Manager, Summer Scarlatelli said, “Today was a wonderful day for the App-titude Internship Program. To see the students recognized for all of their dedication, creativity and hard work to get the app to where it is now is inspiring and extremely gratifying. As their internship coordinator, I couldn’t be more proud of this achievement.”
The Museum established the STEM Center for Education and Career Development in 2014 to advancing public engagement in STEM. The goals of the STEM Center are to prepare students for success by raising the level of STEM education, instruction and career interest and to create a science-literate community by increasing awareness of and engagement in STEM education. These goals are accomplished through the following initiatives:
- Curriculum-based programs that advance understanding of STEM through real world applications.
- Internships, mentorships, partnerships and other opportunities for youth to explore STEM careers.
- STEM educator training to enhance the classroom experience.
- Opportunities for STEM engagement including volunteerism, public forums and citizen action.
- Collaboration with universities, schools and educational associations.