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Democrat CA 18

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  • Academic Competition Resolution of 2013

    by Representative Anna G. Eshoo

    Posted on 2013-02-26

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    ESHOO. I thank the ranking member for recognizing me.

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Academic Competition Resolution of 2013, which is really the first step toward establishing a mobile apps contest for students across America, which I find very, very exciting.

    {time} 1240 Building on the success of the Congressional Arts Competition, which for more than 30 years has recognized and encouraged artistic talent among our Nation's youth, an apps competition will foster interest in STEM education--science, technology, engineering, and math--which is just what our country needs to prepare for our future.

    According to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, in the next decade there will be approximately 8.5 million STEM job opportunities; but during the same time, it is projected we'll face a shortage of 1 million STEM graduates. We need to address this mismatch by encouraging our children's innate curiosity and creativity. And what better way to do so than through a mobile apps competition? From mobile medical apps that can revolutionize the way we seek and receive health care to apps that enable video conferencing and the streaming of online video, our lives have been changed forever by the mobility and the economic impact that these apps have provided.

    Studies show the app economy has already created approximately 150,000 jobs in my State of California alone, and over half a million jobs nationwide, so there is a huge economic benefit already, but we need to leverage this.

    So I thank Chairwoman Miller; I thank the ranking member of the committee, and I want to acknowledge my wonderful colleague, Chairman Goodlatte, who heads up the House Congressional Internet Caucus, and I'm proud to be a cochair with him. We [[Page H645]] look forward to working with the committee to ensure that the success of this competition and the continued growth of the app marketplace takes place.

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