Monday, May 12, 2014

Rosary students develop original mobile apps

Six teams from Rosary High School will be honored at The Nixon Library for their participation in the 2014 Congressional STEM Competition: House App Contest, sponsored locally by U.S. Representative Ed Royce. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, is an emerging field that will produce over 1 million graduates over the next decade.

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.

Students in Rosary’s Multimedia and Intro to Technology classes worked through the semester to build applications in which they thought could transform a smartphone user’s mobile experience. These original applications include TurtleTV, a TV guide that suggests shows based on the users mood; iMergency, a resource for quick tips and safety procedures for different types of emergencies; and Tourist Trap, a guide for local tourist attractions in LA, Orange County, and San Diego. Rosary teachers Mrs. Kate Ball, Dr. Blase Maffia, and Mr. Dave Lyons guided these students throughout the development process. “We hope the excitement of the competition will help carry the girls towards working with programmers to generate a full-blown working app,” says Dr. Maffia, who teaches in the Science Department. “How cool would it be to see a Rosary app on iTunes?”

Rep. Royce joined forces with the U.S. House of Representatives to promote STEM explorations in high school education. “The competition could inspire the next Steve Jobs to discover their true passion,” says Royce.

According to, The Office of Science and Technology Policy, in collaboration with the White House Council on Women and Girls, is dedicated to increasing the participation of women and girls—as well as other underrepresented groups—in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics by increasing the engagement of girls with STEM subjects in formal and informal environments, encouraging mentoring to support women throughout their academic and professional experiences, and supporting efforts to retain women in the STEM workforce.

The winner from the 39th district will be announced at The Nixon Library on Wednesday, May 14, from 6-8 p.m. The overall winner from each district will be featured on, and there will be a display in the Capitol to honor all of the district winners. Click here for more information on the STEM competition.

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