First Name

Sirihaasa

Last Name

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Bio

Sirihaasa, Siri, for short has been interested in STEM and Tech ever since 6th grade. After participating in FLL robotics in 6th and 7th grade, she was intrigued by robots. In 7th grade, she learned how to code in HTML and JavaScript, and has actively coded ever since. In 8th grade, she noticed the lack of females in coding and decided to start a Girls Who Code Club at her school. She taught the girls in the club HTML and CSS, and she was even invited to teach at a local workshop, and interviewed by the local paper. She loved to teach HTML, embraced a sisterhood environment, and made sure to include diversity. Sirihaasa also helped start a summer Girls Who Code club at her library. She was a 2019 Project CS Girls Finalist, and a 2019 Rockwell Automation 'You Make It Challenge' Semifinalist, along with a 2019 Congressional App Challenge IL18 District Runner up, a 2020 SWE STem in Action Award recipient and as a freshman received the 2020 National Honorable mention. She enjoys mentoring younger kids in Robotics and helps out at her Girls in Stem club at her high school. By far, her greatest accomplishment is teaching her grandma how to use an iPhone. She has aspirations to one day to improve the world of Machine Learning and use genetic information to create personalized medical solutions through this avenue. In the future, she hopes to go into the tech field and use her knowledge to help others.