Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Pendleton Heights High School Student Wins 5th District STEM Competition

Jun 6, 2014
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Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) is pleased to announce that Brandon Boynton of Pendleton Heights High School has won Indiana’s 5th Congressional District Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Competition. Brandon designed and built an app called “Curfew Buddy” which notifies parents via text message when their child has left or arrived at a location. Brandon’s app will be featured alongside other Congressional district winners’ entries on the U.S. House of Representatives website at

“I want to congratulate Brandon on being selected as the 5th District winner of the STEM Competition,” Brooks said. “By designing and developing ‘Curfew Buddy’, Brandon displayed his skills in coding while also creating something that will be useful to parents and teens everywhere. Brandon is an extremely talented and gifted student who has a bright future ahead of him and I am pleased his work will be on display on the U.S. House of Representatives website.”

The annual STEM Competition was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 and will evolve over time to challenge high school students in several specialized STEM areas. This year’s specific competition focused on applications for mobile technology and was called the “House App Challenge.”

“Curfew Buddy” was chosen as the 5th District winner by a team of experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics who were selected by Congresswoman Brooks. The apps submitted were judged on quality, implementation of an idea and a demonstration of excellence in coding and programming skills.

“By 2020, there will be 1.4 million new computing jobs in this nation,” Brooks said. “To fill these jobs, our students must master the same skills Brandon displayed in submitting his winning application. Brandon is a great example for other Hoosier students hoping to succeed in this important and dynamic arena.”  

To help more students succeed in the STEM field, Congresswoman Brooks has introduced the Computer Science Education Act, legislation which gives local school corporations additional flexibility to purchase computer science equipment and provide additional professional development to educators. To learn more about this legislation, click here.  

Brandon was recently appeared on CNBC to discuss "Curfew Buddy" and other apps he has developed. See the video here:

A video describing the “Curfew Buddy” app can be found here: