Automatic Game Helper Artificial Intelligence Rep. Gallagher’s (WI-08) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Mike Gallagher has named a Freedom student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Wisconsin’s 8th district. Freedom High School’s Alexander Scheibe created Automatic Game Helper Artificial Intelligence, a text based fantasy adventure gaming app.

When asked why they were passionate about creating a gaming app the student replied, “What inspired me to create this app is the often false stigma surrounding AI. Often times, individuals look at AI and view it as this behemoth, big brother-like monster, and simply isn’t the case. From the cars we drive, to the games we play, to even the GPS we use to get to work everyday, AI is everywhere, and it’s really not all that scary.” The student hopes to encourage other students to better their communities by using their computer science skills.  

Over 10,000 students registered for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 2,177 functioning apps, marking the end of the most successful Congressional App Challenge to date. All told, 304 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 48 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 1134 App Challenges across 48 states. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.