Grace is a freshman at Stanford who just moved across the country from Ohio. She specializes with our USACO competitive programming students, reaching Gold division as well as an impressive competitive math background. Grace also has a long-time interest in education, including developing an iOS application to teach kids how to tell time!
When did you start to code?
I started coding in 8th grade, when I was bored and looking for something to learn, via numerous YouTube tutorials on Java. Over time, my interest deepened as I continued exploring other areas and took CS classes at school, using the opportunity to create all sorts of fun projects — from video games to apps.
Why is it important for kids to start coding when young?
Technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our daily lives, and teaching kids CS will allow them to play a role in this rapidly changing field. Whether it be promoting diversity in AI, coding the next social media app, or even just bringing an awareness of technology to other fields and careers, knowing how to code gives people the ability to actively engage with the digital age.
What do you find rewarding about teaching kids how to code?
I find it especially rewarding to see students’ growth; when I see them master a concept, or create a stunning final project from scratch, I feel grateful and proud to have been able to help them learn and realize a new interest.
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