First Name

Atalanta

Last Name

S.

Bio

Atalanta has been using computers since she was a toddler, but has only been taking them apart to figure out how they work since she was in the fifth grade. She has built computers from scratch, worked with CAD, and has programmed with Java, LabVIEW, Robot C, JavaScript, HTML, jQuery and CSS. She was the youngest person in her AP Computer Science class, and is currently taking multiple college-level computer classes including Networking and IT Security through her school's STEM program. She is most proud of the fact that she is a founding member and programmer for the Iron Maidens FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team at Apple Valley High School (they are an all-girls team!). With her team, she has demonstrated for High Tech Kids and participated in more than 65 different STEM outreach events for a total of almost 2,000 volunteer hours, including hosting an Arduino programming and engineering camp for girls in grades 3-6. She has also testified before the Minnesota and US Congresses in support of five major STEM education bills and has presented to the US Department of Labor in support of women and diversity in STEM. Atalanta has also appeared in three Best Buy commercials! When Atalanta attends college, she plans to major in either artificial intelligence or computer forensics. She also plans on continuing to lobby in support of STEM education, especially for young girls, as well as play an active role in FTC robotics as a mentor.