Rice Emerson App Challenge

About REACh

The Rice Emerson App Challenge (REACh) Academy is an eight-day virtual program for current (2019-2020) 7th–9th grade students. Students will work in teams of 2–3 to create a functional app on any topic related to STEM and/or COVID-19. Students will utilize Code.org to design their app and will need their own email address to access the website.

Prize winners will be awarded at the end of the program for the top three apps.

Summer 2020 REACh Program*

REACh Academy will have daily virtual sessions for one and a half hours each day at set times. Students are expected to work with their teams on the app outside of this scheduled instruction time.

Program Dates

Wednesday, June 3–Friday, June 12, 2020
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.


The activities in REACh Academy are designed for current (2019-2020) 7th–9th grade students. Please complete an individual registration for each child applying.

Space is limited, therefore completing the application does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

Applications are closed.

Applications closed on May 27, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their status by close of business on May 29, 2020.

REACh Administration

If you have any questions about REACh, you can contact the program lead.

Matthew Cushing, M.S.
R-STEM Executive Director
713-348-8210 | mpc3@rice.edu

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.

Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445