First Name

Sahana

Last Name

V.

Bio

Sahana is a 2019 Minnesota State Winner. Initially introduced to computing in fifth grade, Sahana became interested in programming through block coding. Since then, she developed skills in languages such as Python, Java, and HTML. Sahana is the outreach captain as well as a programming veteran on her school’s FIRST Robotics team. To spread the opportunity of robotics internationally, she initiated a FIRST LEGO League Junior robotics program in Punggol Meadows, Singapore in 2017. This past year, she worked with FIRST Robotics teams in Brazil and Uruguay to create a trilingual curriculum for aspiring FIRST LEGO League teams throughout North and South America. In addition to robotics, Sahana is a Girl Scout Ambassador who has earned Bronze and Silver Awards. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, she initiated an educational program named Computer Science for Kids. With branches in Singapore and Brooklyn Park, the program provides basic programming and computer training through the guidance of high school mentors for students in first through third grades. Sahana is currently working to expand the program throughout her greater community. Sahana became a FIRST Robotics Competition Dean's List Finalist at the 2019 Lake Superior Regional. She is also the the president of her school's GirlUp chapter and served as the Maple Grove Student Government Secretary and Interim President. In the future, Sahana hopes to pursue a career in computing.