DOD Launches App Contest To Promote Math, Science

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The Defense Department has announced a new challenge to develop mobile applications that promote STEM - short for science, technology, engineering and math learning.

The contest kicks off April 2, 2012 and runs until June 4, 2012. It's headed up by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative - a research and development office within the Department of Defense.

"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, ADL Initiative Director, said in a news release. "We are always looking for innovative ideas for how we better incorporate mobile devices for learning within DoD."

The challenge is free to enter and open to all mobile app developers who have an idea for a tool to foster "...problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning in the targeted area of 'common misconceptions of science.'"

The winning developers will be showcased at the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative's iFest Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Conference runs from July 31, 2012 to August 2, 2012. For more information and to submit an app entry, please click here.

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