Building Apps with SJSU Jay Pinson STEM Education

For Congressional House App Challenge 2014



A Crash Course in Java Programming by T.T HERE New


New slides added to App Design Tutorial to explain Class Relationships


App Design - Tutorial by P.N HERE

Simple Scratch Game - Tutorial by T.T HERE

Can I Participate?

To join this competition, you have to be at least 13 years old. You also need to be a high school student. Finally, you have to be in the district where the competition is supported. To find out if you are eligible to join this competition.

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How Can I Join?

To enter, the student must register for the House Student App Challenge under their participating Member of Congress’ profile. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

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Competition Period

Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM Eastern Standard Time on FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014, and 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on APRIL 30TH, 2014



Mountain View High School


Evergreen Valley High School


President Obama

Don't just buy a new video game, make one. Don't just download a latest app, help design it. Don't just play on your phone, program it.


During this competition, San Jose State University Jay Pinson STEM Education will support high school students throughout the app development process.

By giving tutorials and providing learning materials, students are able to explore more on their own. We think imagination has no limit. Sometimes we won't be to answer all of your questions. With your imagination and our tutorials, you can finish what you set out to do.


It's become part of the lexicon to say 'there's an app for that,’ and increasingly the world connects through mobile devices and cloud computing. The digital age is this century's New Frontier, offering both challenges and opportunities. I'm hopeful that this competition will encourage students to tap their creativity in developing their own app and inspire them to venture further into STEM fields.


Phuc Nguyen

My favorite thing is the computer, because you know what, it is the most power thing in the world. You can shape the world and make it a better place via a computer. As a human, we use programming language to tell computers to do what we want it to do. That's why I major in computer science. I'm in love with creating things and I bet you are too. I'm currently a third year student at SJSU. My go-to languages are Objective-c, Java, PHP, HTML/CSS. In my free time, I like to explore new softwares, learn about them, have you heard about iPhone apps such as Angry Birds or Temple Run, Web apps such as Facebook or Twitter? It is also great that I'm able to share my knowledge with everyone. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me at

David Singer

I'm a computational physicist in my last semester of graduate school here at SJSU. My undergraduate studies were in astrophysics at UC Berkeley. I'm actively involved in the SJSU Physics and Astronomy Club, where I also tutor undergraduate physics. I can program in IDL, Python, and Octave. I have been learning how to use TouchDevelop, a Microsoft programming kit with nice tutorials for making touchscreen applications. I can be contacted for assistance via email:

Andy Ngo

My name is Andy Ngo and I am currently a Junior at San Jose State. My specialties for programming include C++ and Java. I also specialize in finding answers to my questions in a quick manner. I know how to use search engines efficiently and I will do my best to help you with your programming questions. If you have a particular question feel free to email me and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. Most of the time I am near my computer so my responses usually occur within the hour unless I am asleep.

Christopher Victa

I'm Christopher Victa, a Junior at SJSU for Computer Science. I've covered C++, Java, HTML, and CSS. I plan to take 15 units every semester to graduate by 2015 May. I'm only working on becoming that good of a student! Any challenge met with enthusiam will lead to commitment, which will lead to wonderful results. Feel free to contact me at "" with any questions! I will be learning more on Looking Glass (""), as it ties in with future projects I wish to complete in the future, and continuing on Android app publishing.

Tuan Tran

Hi there! I am a computer science major here at San Jose State, and i'd be more than happy to help you with your questions regarding programming. My favorite languages are C/C++, Java, and Perl; and since I have had a lot of experience in them, I can help you understand their features in depth. I also have experience in writing bash scripts; even though I am a windows fan, I have explored the world of Linux deeply, and would love to discuss it with you. Feel free to email me at anytime.


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SJSU - Jay Pinson STEM Education
Duncan Hall (DH) 8,
One Washington Square,
San José, CA 95192
STEM Jay Pinson Website

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