First Name

Sofie

Last Name

S.

Bio

Sofie is not only a coding aficionado but also a student at Edina High School. Her interest in technology was sparked during a Coder Dojo class that taught her how to make a web page using HTML, in 2012. Since then, she has taken every Project Lead the Way class she could---including Design and Robotics, Green Architecture, Flight and Space and Introduction to Engineering. Her love to continuously broaden her knowledge in engineering and technology continues outside of school. In 2015, she competed in Technovation, a worldwide competition where girls create apps to solve problems in their community. Her team of four created a volunteering app that allowed people in their community to both get the help they need and allow others to reach out and help others. Their app won the best pitch. That summer, she spent a week at Macalester College, in a course that focused on the programming language, Java. She then competed again in the Technovation competition, this time creating an app focusing on the correlation between sleep and grades. Afterward, Sofie spent two weeks at the University of Minnesota in the summer of 2016 in an intensive technology class. The camp exposed Sofie to her favorite programming language, Python, as well as creating projects using Arduino, Robotics, Cryptography, and 3-D printing. Sofie then successfully completed the rigorous Java course from ID Tech Camp at Stanford University in the summer of 2017. Her time at Stanford allowed her to meet and work with others interested in technology from around the world. Inspired by her peers, Sofie took the year long, AP Computer Science Principles course at her high school that was taught in MIT App Inventor. Her hard work and love of technology are shown by earning a 5/5 on the AP test. In the summer of 2018, Sofie took a week-long cybersecurity camp at Stanford. She learned how to code many different ciphers and found it fascinating that many large corporations and even email uses the RSA cipher, today. Later that summer, Sofie completed another cybersecurity camp that is endorsed by the NSA. Through her variety of experience Sofie endeavored in technology, she has made life-long friendships with people all around the world. Inspired by the amazing people in technology, Sofie created the only coding club at her high school. The coding club fosters an inclusive space for programmers and those interested in technology at Edina High School to collaborate. Sofie continues to use her coding skills to give back to organizations like Technovation, and Coder Dojo that first sparked her interest in technology. This year Sofie volunteers at the Coder Dojo in the Twin Cities, mentoring kids interested in technology. Sofie is excited to further her education in college by majoring in Computer Science.