Meet Our Mentors – Sumer Sao

Sumer is a freshman at Stanford originally from the Orlando, Florida area. In high school he had some very impressive coding accomplishments including competition programming and research at the Kennedy Space Center – now he is sharing his knowledge with Breakout Mentors students!

When did you start to code?

I started to code in 9th grade by taking a class at my high school.

Why is it important for kids to start coding when young?

I think it is super important to learn to code from a young age because if you’re not exposed to the subject, you’ll never know if you like it. It’s a hard thing to develop if you find you love it later in life.

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

I find it rewarding to see the gears churning in kids’ heads as they solve problems. At the end of the day, computer science is just a medium to satiate their puzzle solving skills and I love to help them strengthen those skills by doing something they love.