First Name

Anoushka

Last Name

C.

Bio

Anoushka is a leader, entrepreneur, writer, budding researcher, and a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She discovered programming with FIRST LEGO League in 4th grade, and the power of programming in helping people, when she participated in creating a mobile app to help senior citizens manage medications. She is the team captain of the award winning FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, the X-BOTS. Her team won the first place Inspire Award in the Virginia State Championship in 2017. Her dedication to robotics and STEM earned her the FTC Dean's List Finalist award in 2018 and 2019 given to four FTC students from Virginia who exemplify leadership, technical skills, dedication and community service. She was invited to the FIRST World Championship in Detroit. Her FIRST experience has led Anoushka to become a budding entrepreneur with a social conscience. This year, she co-founded XBOTS Institute to train kids in robotics engineering and helped start two new FTC teams which she considers to be one of her greatest accomplishments. She is the co-founder of the STEMKidz Club, a nonprofit organization “for kids by kids” that serves minorities and others from low-income families. In the summer of 2018, Anoushka worked as a research assistant in the Orofacial Pain Department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She loves to write and last year she won a national silver Scholastic medal. Anoushka has put in over nine hundred hours of community service and led 100+ outreach events to spread STEM and robotics in her community over the years. Anoushka took her deep interest in robotics to the next level by being a founding member of the underwater robotics team in TJ where they design and build Remotely Operated Vehicles to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. Anoushka plans to attend college where she wants to pursue a doctorate in computer science. She plans to continue to spread her love of STEM and robotics not only to her community but to minorities and economically disadvantaged students across the globe.