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Jacquelyn Co

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For as long as I could remember, science was always my favorite subject growing up. Whether it be watching chemical reactions occur during experiments like baking soda volcanoes, learning about the inner workings of the human body, or performing gel electrophoresis to examine the separate fragments of DNA, I knew that STEM was what sparked the most interest in me. And since most of my education put an emphasis on chemistry and biology, I had thought that I wanted to study one of those fields in the future. However, that all changed when I was introduced to the world of computer science.

My first step into the world of computer science began in the summer of 2017. Starting with the language HTML, I quickly became fascinated with its ability to create websites. This was the start to my curiosity in all things about computers and their applications to the real world.

My curiosity led me to a STEM summer program focused on the science of computers in everyday life. From collaborating with other students on complex programming projects to learning the real world applications of computer science, my interest for this subject grew while working with others. I was able to program a robot with drawing abilities, process images in Python, create a banana piano with Arduino programming, and code a password generator app. In addition to this, I was also given the opportunity to explore Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego. Motivated by panels of interns and fascinated by their innovative ideas such as 5G mobile networks and the 5G Concept Car, I was able to see a glimpse on how powerful code can be and I knew that I wanted to be a part of something like that to help others.

This is why I’m thrilled to be working as an intern at StemChef. I’m excited to further my passion in programming through this internship and eager to use what I learn in order to help future generations grow their passion in STEM. StemChef’s way of educating children through escape rooms and recipes is such a unique and amazing idea, and I’m glad that I can be a part of something that helps future generations further their learning and passion for STEM. STEM has given me so much fascination and I hope to be able to share that with others as well. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work under Ashie and can’t wait to continue working on different projects that StemChef will offer.