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MARLENI CHAVANA

Place of birth:

Fort Pierce, FL, USA

Family Heritage:

Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico

Education:

Senior in high school

Current job:

N/A

Bio

I am a high school senior who is studying to become a computer software engineer and programmer. I am an alumna of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, and a She++ #include fellow. I am also very active in the NCWIT Aspirations community, through which I have received two Aspirations in Computing awards. I mainly work as a mobile app developer. I have created several apps, but my most recent is an app that lets users with food allergies know if an allergen is in a certain food.

Bio

I have also worked as a website developer and designer. In addition to working with and studying computer science, I also developed a technology curriculum and helped implement it in my local school district. In my spare time, I also help electronically transcribe historical documents like astronaut observation logs. I am also involved in the national non profit program ProjectCSGirls, as a member of the national outreach team. In the future, I would like to study Computer Science on a university level, and continue working in the tech industry.

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

Computer Science is so much more than what most people think of it. It is such a rich field full of ingenuity and creativity. Although it may seem scary at first; I can assure you it's not. You don't need to be a genius to learn to code; you just need to be creative and open minded.

It is so worth exploring. Computer Science allows you to create solutions for the problems you face everyday with just a laptop. Really, with Computer Science, the opportunities for change and growth are endless.