First Name

Kaya

Last Name

J.

Bio

My name is Kaya Jones, I am currently in the 9th grade enrolled at Memphis East T-STEM Academy. Before attending East High, I attended Woodland Presbyterian School from 1st to 8th grade. 7th grade was the year that the world changed for me to look at things in a different perspective. In the seventh grade, computer science was my favorite class mainly because we got to go on our laptops all class and talk tech and sports. My computer teacher, Mr. Hinote introduced me to HTML. I was readily intrigued by this topic that we covered because It was interesting that all you need is a text editor and some creativity to create a simple program. I got to work on our assignment it was to create a website. Nights and even weekends I would work on my assignment. I created a web page for my favorite basketball team the Golden State Warriors. The website wasn’t really nothing when I look back on it now but I became more and more into it. After we finished the segment our websites were put into a contest, and I won 1st place.  The prize was Memphis Grizzlies tickets. We never went over any other type of coding languages after that. I was determined to learn more and grow in coding. But there weren’t really any options that I could go to for help because nobody that I knew was experienced in computer programing.  So, the only option left was to learn by myself. The only place that I knew that would help me was the beautiful internet GOOGLE.  I began self-teaching and learning coding languages by watching YouTube videos. Currently, I am learning Python and Java to help me create programs that I am going to develop in the future. In my AP Computer Science Principles class, I am creating an application that gives you advice on what you should wear throughout the week based on your preferences and the weather.  In the future, I will have had my App finished and uploaded to the app store. I am going to see how good the App does, I will maybe make a career off of the App and much more that I will develop. I plan to go to many internships in the future.  My desire I would love to become a Software Engineer, who knows all of the languages. My goal is to be at that level that when I have an idea for software then I can create the app. I am not sure where I want to attend college but University of California Los Angeles , University of Connecticut ,University of Memphis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Stanford are definitely on my list. I am just in the 9th grade so I have some time to explore my options. Machine learning and artificial intelligence is certainly something that I want to dive into the future as well.