La Jolla youth creates mobile app to win national, STEM science/technology competition

Jake Chasan of La Jolla with 52 District Congressmember Scott Peters in Washington, D.C.

The Bishop’s School junior Jake Chasan of La Jolla won the inaugural House STEM Academic Competition for his app, “Path to Eagle Scout.” 52nd District Congressmember Scott Peters met with Chasan and his family in Peters’ Washington, D.C. office, Sept. 11, 2014.

Chasan, who developed The Bishop’s School mobile app when he was in ninth grade, said: “Participating in the House App Challenge taught me important lessons in customer service, video editing and coding. I am glad I devoted the time to build this app and participate in the Challenge.”

The “Path to Eagle Scout” app provides a guide for Boy Scouts to keep track of their progress on merit badges through the ranks to the top rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to the progress tracker, the app features checklists for each rank and a quiz to prep the Scout before meeting the Board of Review.

“With our region’s innovation-focused economy, an app contest that challenges local students to think critically and creatively is a perfect fit,” Peters said. “I’m excited to announce Jake as our first winner. His app is a testament to skills in science, technology, engineering and math that our country will need to stay competitive in coming years.”

Chasan’s app will be featured on Peters’ website and can be found in the iTunes App Store. A video narration of “Path to Eagle Scout” is available on YouTube.

The House STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academic Competition focuses on software applications or “apps” for mobile, tablet and computer devices, was open for submissions earlier this year. A panel of local technology and innovation leaders chose the winner.