First Name

Anesha

Last Name

S.

Bio

Anesha is a junior in high school and the CEO and Founder of Likeable STEM: an educational company that offers STEM education, onsite/online technology training, academic coaching, and promotes the inclusion of all ages, genders, races, and financial backgrounds (especially young girls!) to learn STEM. With online learning platforms for science, computer science, makerspace, and a blog, Likeable STEM inspires all ages to "learn for the purpose of learning." The company also empowers, educates, and supports children and families living with life-threating food allergies by donating a portion of its proceeds to FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). Anesha has a passion for STEM and the arts, is a social entrepreneur at heart, and is a sports enthusiast. She has self-learnt many programs, and along with her talent for writing rap songs, animation, and video making, she has personally designed, developed and launched the business website, created curriculum, and has composed and copyrighted music for her online educational videos to launch her business. Likeable STEM has partnered with many libraries, non-profits, and schools across NJ to provide training to the community, and so far has trained 450+ students on site. The company's online learning channels have 700+ subscribers and 150,000+ views, and are being used by school districts. Having personally faced hardships with life-threatening food allergies, she is a FARE teen advisor. She writes inspirational blogs for teens, is a panel speaker for tri-state food allergy events, and is the founder of the #GotYourBack movement and support group. Anesha has independently studied programming languages (Python, C++, C#, Java), 2D/3D Animation, Blender, Digital Audio and Video Editing, Adobe Illustrator, and App Development. She has the MIT Edx Certification in Python Programming and the RaspberryPi.org Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python certification. She is an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Honorable Mention and a State Winner, a National Semifinalist for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Generation Nanotechnology competition, and received the US Congressional Award for her work in STEM. At school, she plays on her school tennis team, is a HAWKS (Helping another Wonderful Kid Succeed) Mentor, is on the executive board of Cyber Hawks (computing club), is a senior technology education leader, is in Chemistry Club, Physics Club, Student Council, and is a Homeroom Rep. Her musical talents include jazz improvisation and solo composition on the trumpet, piano, voice, and through writing rap songs. Her future goal is to continue to learn new technologies to gain skills, add to her credibility, and seek every opportunity to provide leadership and mentorship to other students. Anesha hopes that she will be able to do more for her community and in the future, become a role model to inspire kids (especially girls and those with special needs) to become independent and make their mark on the world through technology.