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Release No: 214-12
March 28, 2012

DOD Launches Mobile App Development Challenge

            The Defense Department announced today the launch of a challenge to develop innovative mobile applications that provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning tools. 

            The contest, which will run from April 2, 2012, to June 4, 2012, is headed by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, a research and development office within the department. 

            "The STEM App Challenge will benefit the national STEM efforts for K-12 education, but may also have an immediate impact on the Defense Department,” Kristy Murray, director, ADL Initiative said.  “We are always looking for innovative ideas for how we better incorporate mobile devices for learning within DoD.” 

            The challenge is open to all mobile app developers who have creative ideas for developing apps that foster problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning in the targeted area of “common misconceptions of science.”  There is no cost for entering the challenge. 

            The winning developers will be showcased at the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative’s iFest Conference in Orlando, Fla., July 31, 2012 – Aug, 2, 2012.  For more information and to submit an app entry, please visit:  http://www.adlnet.gov/stem-app-challenge .

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