Meet Our Mentors – Eldrick Millares

Eldrick is studying Electrical Engineering at Stanford and is an incredible tinkerer. He works with students learning circuits and Arduino, as well as those making traditional Java video games. He is the perfect “big brother” for kids learning to code!

When did you start to code?

The first time I used code to tell a computer how to do something was in the 7th grade, when I wrote and ran a few Batch scripts in my computer lab to turn off all the computers. I honestly felt like a wizard and I began making small video games and tools throughout middle school and high school. I loved learning about how computers worked and what I could do with them.

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

I enjoy guiding students through the moments of discovery and new ways of thinking that I navigated when I first started coding. It is incredibly rewarding for students and the mentor to create a cool project from scratch and the knowledge gained about computers throughout the process is invaluable for young students growing up in a decade of connectivity and computing.

What is your favorite game or project you have created with a student?

I was able to help a student customize his Go Kart to be a “Connected Car” that could start its engine, turn on and off its headlights, report its location and report the surrounding temperature from anywhere in the world through the student’s phone. This was made possible through a device as simple as an Arduino!