Meet Our Mentors – Austin Flores

Austin became a mentor his junior year at Stanford and hails from Fresno California. He personally enjoys coding on platforms like Unity and iOS, and competes on the varsity wrestling team as well.

When did you start to code?

My first experience with programming wasn’t until my freshman year of college when I was able to learn from the introductory course at Stanford. In this course I made an abridged version of a Pokemon game and I quickly fell in love with being able to have something in my mind and turn it into a reality. I haven’t looked back since then and have been enjoying every second of it.

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

Watching kids explore their creativity and making what comes to their mind allows them to expand as people. Being able to be apart of this process in any way is the largest reward possible.

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

Failing is okay. We hardly ever get the answer right on our first try and trying it over and over again allows us to grow and learn for the future. When you do finally figure it out, it provides a great feeling that you overcame your obstacles and are more prepared for the ones that lie ahead.