Meet Our Mentors – Anthony Fenzl

Anthony is a junior at Santa Clara University studying Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. Anthony is originally from Ohio and started to code while young himself. He excels at helping experienced kid coders push deeper into more complex Computer Science concepts while still creating fun games like Tetris and Connect Four.

When did you start to code?

I started coding in Java when I was 14, I was preparing for the CS AP and ended up taking it that same year. Starting to program so early allowed me to have a good head start coming into university. I was able to help my friends who did not get the opportunity to start coding in high school and I was able to develop my skills through this early mentorship.

What do you find rewarding about teaching kids how to code?

As a computer engineer, I love to program and build things. I also love to share my passions with others, through Breakout Mentors I am able to share my passion with kids who are excited about programing while also getting the opportunity to mentor and prepare them for their future.

What advice do you have for kids learning how to code?

Make sure you’re having fun with your project. I feel that the most important thing you can do is to enjoy what you’re learning. Programming is great due to its broad application, so it’s likely that you can find a project that you’re excited about. Another way to keep projects fun is to include your friends. Building something together helps you learn great team skills while keeping things interesting.