Polyatomic Ion Challenge wins Rep. Jack Bergman’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Michigan’s First District

Rep. Jack Bergman has named Gabrielle Krakow from Elk Rapids High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Michigan’s First District.


When asked what inspired the creation of Polyatomic Ion Challenge, the student said, “I was inspired to create this app by my struggles in chemistry class. I struggled to memorize the common polyatomic ions which caused me to waste lots of time looking up the names and charges of ions when I should have had them memorized. I knew making a fun game that is interactive would encourage me to memorize the ions.”

The 2021 Congressional App Challenge yielded 2,101 fully functioning apps. After eighteen months of disruptions to educational cadences for students everywhere, the Congressional App Challenge came roaring back with 7,174 students registering for this year’s competition. All told, 340 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.

The Congressional App Challenge is an official 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. Each participating Member of Congress selects a winning app from their district, and each winning team is invited to showcase their winning app to Congress during our annual #HouseOfCode festival. The program is a public-private partnership made possible through funding from Omidyar Network, AWS, theCoderSchool, Facebook, Replit, Accenture, and others.

The 2022 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June of 2022, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.