Meet Our Mentors – Arkira Chantaratananond

Arkira is a sophomore at Stanford who is excited to share her love of coding with others. In fact, before starting with Breakout Mentors, she created her own coding club in high school! Arkira is excellent at making it fun for the students and helping them create exciting projects.

When did you start to code?

I started programming when I was 17, in the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. I was a part of Girls Who Code, which is a summer immersion program that launched my excitement for computer science and girls’ involvement in technology.

What do you find rewarding about teaching kids to code?

It’s super rewarding to see kids’ excitement when their code works! There’s a lot of learning and thorough problem solving that goes into writing code, so it’s very fun to see all of the logic “click” in a student’s head as they program :)

What advice do you have for kids learning to code?

Stay curious! Ask questions! The first step is thinking, “how do you do that?” Programming is amazing because there are SO many cools things to learn. Take it one step at a time and make sure to ask questions along the way; that’s how you learn!