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December 14, 2017

Tri-Tech students take top prizes in Congressional App Challenge

Tri-Tech Skills Center students who built apps teaching about energy production, survival skills and beekeeping swept the top awards in the regional competition of the Congressional App Challenge.

The students are all enrolled in the Video Game Design program at Tri-Tech Skills Center taught by Mat Adelmund.

Seth Florman, Damon Fuller and Kyler Zimmerman won first place in Washington’s 4th Congressional District with their app “Powerhouse,” which has a user play the role of the owner of an energy company. The app aims to show the challenges of the energy industry, from balancing production and demand to environmental issues.

Seth, Damon and Kyler will receive a prize of $250 in Amazon services and be given a tour of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Their app will also be featured on a video display at the U.S. Capitol Building as well as at House.gov and the website for the Congressional App Challenge.

Evan Fetterolf and Carlos Magana earned second place for “Alone in the Forest,” an app that uses games to teach basic survival skills.

William Burton and Talia Avery took third place with “Hive Mind,” an app where a user takes on the role of a beekeeper.

The Congressional App Challenge competition aims to increase student interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by encouraging development of student skills and innovation.