Cypress, California, Oxford Academy
Anna has greatly valued computer programming since she was ten years old. She is a Chemistry Olympiad winner, 1 of 10 top girls at the USA Computing Olympiad, and she has a minor planet named in her honor for her artificial intelligence project. Anna has developed numerous mobile and web applications that have been used by thousands of individuals from over 90 countries. Anna explains that she has also “conducted a three-year research project in using technology to translate cognitive science research into student-centered classroom practice to improve learning.” Her research-based web instructional tool is currently on display in the U.S. Capitol for winning the U.S. Congressional App Challenge. Anna cofounded Orange County Coder to provide underserved communities with access to computer programming. Orange County Coder has reached over 1,200 students and provided more than 150 free programming courses. Anna founded the Scratch in Schools outreach program to provide programming courses to underserved students in after-school programs, and she also founded two Girls Who Code Clubs. Anna will graduate as the class valedictorian and was named the Student of the Year in Science. She has received 4 international awards and 14 national awards for her research.