Hoeven Congratulates West Fargo STEM Center Middle School for Winning National Mobile App Competition

School Awarded $10,000 to Advance STEM education

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today congratulated a team of students from West Fargo’s STEM Center Middle School for winning a national mobile application design competition. The students designed a recycling bin app to help encourage the community to increase recycling efforts and reduce the need for landfills. Verizon officials today presented the students with a $10,000 check to support STEM education efforts at the school.

“We congratulate these students and West Fargo’s STEM Center for their innovative app design and for winning this competition. They represent our state well and are a good example of how our schools are educating and preparing students for the careers of the future. We appreciate Verizon’s investment in the STEM Center and thank them for recognizing our students,” said Hoeven.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is designed to boost students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Student teams used their STEM skills to design app concepts to provide solutions to issues in their local community. Five high schools and five middle schools nationwide were designated as national winners and will receive professional support and training to build their apps.

Hoeven visited with students at the STEM Center last fall to highlight the importance of advancing STEM education at a time when Fargo and the Red River Valley are driving an agenda for technology growth and innovation.