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AMY SORTO

Place of birth:

Elizabeth, NJ, USA

Family Heritage:

El Salvador

Education:

High School Diploma, Elizabeth High School

Current job:

N/A

Bio

I am a high school senior who is a future Computer Science major and mathematics minor. I hope to work in the field of computational mathematics or become a software engineer. I love coding because I get to bring my ideas into life. I am able to be creative and create things I never knew I was capable of. I did the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program in 2014 and did the MIT MITES program in 2015. I became a National Runner Up and New Jersey State Winner for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. I was also named a 2015 Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change International Finalist for my AspireIT camp, called Culture Tech Cadets.

Bio

The camp exposed local middle school girls to computer science, and at the end each girl was able to receive a free laptop to continue coding thanks to an organization called CodeStarter. Now, I am working with the organization ProjectCSGirls on the national executive team to help middle school girls across the country learn more about computer science through this competition. I also love attending hackathons; I won 3rd place at Hacking Generation Y in San Francisco and Top High School Team at PearlHacks in North Carolina.

Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?

A career in computing is rewarding and creative. Diversity is needed in innovation because and Latina girls will help provide a different and unique perspective.

Also, learning how to code in a great skill to have, because why wait for someone to create your idea when you can build it yourself. The possibilities of what you can do are abundant and you can impact the world.