Another First-Place Finish!

STEM Student Lucas Ergh Wins in District 11
Posted on 12/23/2020
Image of Winner StempFor the second time in the past two weeks, NIHF STEM High School was deemed the winner in a second congressional district in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. This challenge was sponsored by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, District 11. This was the first time District 11 had sponsored the App Challenge, and STEM High School is excited to be announced as the winner.

The winning coding team consisted of one STEM High School student, Lucas Ergh (11th grade). The learner is part of an AP computer science class, CSA, and he is supported by his learning coach Sam Appleby.

The challenge to the learner was to design an app of any topic using a programming language in which he is proficient. Lucas chose to create an application of the game “Snake” using C Sharp. He created over 800 lines of code using Digital Studio Community and created icons for the game using Microsoft Paint.

Lucas is a coder who is very much interested in projects he is passionate about. What drew him to this project was his interest in coding Artificial Intelligence (AI). A player can play the game in which a snake must move around the screen and eat apples to make it grow. If the snake touches itself or any of the exterior walls, the game is over. Lucas also created a version in which AI runs the movements of the snake, and a player can view how the computer chooses to move the snake around the screen. Taking on the challenge of creating the AI component is one that motivated Lucas and was a tall task to take on.

Lucas has stated that he would like to continue his project and coding AI. In just a short period of time, he was able to complete this project, but he wants to improve his skills. He has a real passion for programming and problem solving.

Artificial Intelligence is driving the next level of work at STEM High School and is becoming an integrated part of our STEM academics and experiences. Lucas’s passion helps lead the way with other learners in this cutting-edge technology and recognizes how artificial intelligence has become embedded in the fabric of our society.

NIHF STEM High School is grateful to be a part of these experiences and appreciates the importance that Congresswoman Fudge puts on such challenges for all students in her district.

Winning apps are eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and are featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website, Winning students are invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C. Each will receive additional sponsor prizes, as well.

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