Space Hop wins Rep. Jack Bergman’s (MI-01) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Jack Bergman has named Brett Bruner, Joshua Doctor, Shane Pilate, and Gabrielle Krakow from Elk Rapids High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (MI-01).

When asked what inspired the creation of Space Hop, the students said, “We were inspired to create this app through a fusion of our desire to share our interests of space and get an opportunity to not only practice our game development skills, but also get a peek into what a career may look like in the field.”

Over 6,500 students registered for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 3,088 functioning apps, marking the end of an extremely successful Congressional App Challenge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All told, 308 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, DC.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host competitions 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 Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental support. In the six years of the Congressional App Challenge, thousands of functional apps have been created by over 30,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.