First Name

Aarushi

Last Name

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Bio

Aarushi is currently a junior at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA. Her interest in Computer Science began in middle school when she joined a lego robotics team, which she was a part of for two years. In her sophomore year, in order to further her understanding of the field, she took AP Computer Science Principles. In that class she learned about all the different ways computer science is used in almost every field, whether it be biology or politics. That summer, she was a part of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at the Intuit campus in Mountain View. She was exposed to different languages, HTML, JavaScript, and python, to name a few, and learned more about the impact that computer science has had on society. In her junior year, to continue her work with the organization, she joined the Girls Who Code club at her school as a teacher's assistant. As the year progressed, she was promoted to an instructor, where she collaborated with the other instructors to come up with fun and educational projects for the students. This year, she is also taking AP Computer Science A, in which she is learning Java, and its different uses. Aarushi also started her federally recognized nonprofit, Access to Tech, this year. In order to level the playing field between public and private education, Access to Tech works towards reducing the disparity in terms of technology. All the donations are used to purchase classroom sets of Chromebooks for schools with fewer resources. Currently, she is working with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation to provide the computers for their MakerSpace. Once this project is complete, she will expand her work to other school districts and will continue this work through college and later in her life. For more information on Access to Tech, you can go to: http://accesstotech.org/