From newly added coding classes to the district's one-to-one initiative, Germantown Municipal School District recognizes what an incredible asset technology can be in education. This asset can be equally incredible in pursuit of fun. Three Houston High students applied both of these facts and channeled their technological knowledge into the creation of an entertaining app, one now receiving congressional recognition.
Tyler Scaramastro, Henry Abrams, and Mason Rocha designed and coded a game dubbed “Jump” and have won the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for West Tennessee. "The game is adaptive," explains Rocha in an interview, "each time you play the levels are a little bit different".
he CAC is a government effort that aims to encourage kids to take interest in STEM fields and learn how to code through competition. Members of Congress organize this annual competition within their district, and students must create an original application for the opportunity to be recognized and awarded prizes.
Applying all they’ve learned in their HHS computer/STEM classes, Tyler, Mason, and David rose to this challenge. Reminiscent of an array of addicting apps, the boys’ original game “Jump” involves a player having to make their square icon jump onto randomly generated ledges, under the time constraint of rising lava.
“We designed the game to be simple to play, but hard to master,” said Scaramastro of the app’s design.
This formula can be applied to scores of successful games and adds that special addicting quality trademark of videogames to “Jump”. Their 150 levels and classic videogame interface all further the boys’ creative design and are magnificently executed.
(left) Scaramastro and Rocha take a photo with their sponsoring teacher, Leslie Brommer. (right) Congressman David Kustoff thanks the team in person at Houston High School.
This intrinsic detail put into design and practicality has not gone unnoticed. In addition to being the challenge honorees, Congressman David Kustoff also paid a visit to Scaramastro, Rocha, and Abrams at Houston High on December 15th to congratulate them on their game and award.
"I could not be more proud," Congressman Kustoff told the boys during their meet and greet, "that the winner of the App Challenge comes from not only from my congressional district but also from Germantown [Kustoff's wife's hometown]".