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Grants Funded

2021 - 2022 Projects

TedX Gunn High School 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. 

Great Cipher Challenge

This is a cryptography competition hosted by the Cryptology Club at Gunn High School. To increase awareness in the field of cryptography by allowing schools across the United States in participate in a fun, online competition. 

JEANs (Journalism, Expression, Advocacy, and eNrichment)

JEANs (Journalism Expression, Advocacy and eNrichment) is a journalism program to empower low-income, at-risk students in our community. Through their in-depth curriculum and program experience, students will learn to develop and share cogent opinions, use their voices for community news and advocacy, and express their perspectives. Partnering with DreamCatchers, I was able to teach students journalism over the spring and summer of 2020, and we are launching a 7+ week enrichment program this spring!

Advocacy Through Art

Advocacy Through Art, a student-run nonprofit dedicated to using art to raise conversations about important youth issues, is hosting its annual art show featuring local student artists. To raise awareness and conversations about youth mental health, Bay Area teenagers will be able to submit work of any medium, answering the prompt: your experience with mental health during the pandemic. The juried show will be exhibited at the Pacific Art League and the Palo Alto Art Center.

Gunn Hacks

Gunn Hacks is an intimate hackathon (150 hackers) with an emphasis on education. We welcome students with no programming experience and provide computers, hardware, mentors, and workshops to help kickstart their projects. As a student-run hackathon, we need sponsors and donations to fund the event every year. 

Open Brackets

Open Brackets wants to help bridge the digital divide through education. Through their course offerings, they provide support in computer science to middle and high school kids who may not receive it at home, and encourage kids all over the Bay to consider tech as a career. They also provide students with the opportunity to hear from the Guest Speakers in the industry, to see the versatility a computer science foundation can provide. 

Lucidity

Lucidity is a Google Chrome Extension that uses machine learning to help students focus and teachers manage their virtual classroom. It blocks distracting websites and provides statistics to the teacher with an easy-to-use classcode system. With different modes for teachers, Lucidity allows them to easily take control of their virtual classroom and provide a better learning experience for their students.

Social Justice Through the Expression of Art

The main goal of this project is to encourage teenagers to use art as their voice to inform and raise awareness in the community about current social issues and advocate for change. My plan is to lead workshops introducing teenagers to various artists that create art which raise awareness of social issues. Examples of current social issues include discrimination against Asian during the pandemic, discrimination and inequalities faced by under-represented groups, and environmental issues. During these workshops, the participants will have the chance to discuss current social issues and create their own drawings, paintings, comics to express their view point.

2019 - 2020 Projects

Cyber Empower

Cyber Empower is a youth-driven initiative working to increase computer science education through engaging summer camps at TIBCO, customized for the middle school age group. They bring computer science to a younger demographic in order to spark curiosity and exploration of the subject early on. Cyber Empower is completely free of charge because we believe that computer science education should be easily accessible to all.

Project Oyster

Project Oyster is a podcast that was first published in 2018 by three students in the Beam Program at Gunn High School. They aim to destigmatize mental health through the power of story telling

Aqua City Yard

The purpose of this project is to set up Aeroponic vertical tower gardens (alongside infographics) in teen centers and schools around Palo Alto to stimulate interest. The main purpose is to promote alternative, sustainable food growing techniques by showcasing aeroponics: compared to conventional farming, vertical aeroponics systems can grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in just 30 inches of space. Aeroponics also uses 90% less water and grows foods at faster speeds, lowering carbon footprints and food mileages. 

Paly Hacks 

PalyHacks is an international 24-hour hackathon for high school students hosted at Palo Alto high School in Palo Alto, CA; run by students, made for students. In PalyHacks, we invite anyone with an interest in technology to come and build a project! Regardless of their skills level, you and your friends are invited to code, build, learn, and have fun! They hope to connect students with aspirations in computer sciences to a community of those who with that same interests, and introduce new members to the field of hackathon. 

Real Talk

A non-profit that seeks to empower youth with the skills and language necessary to engage in political discussion with empathy, curiosity, and respect. Our proprietary curriculum strengthens members' critical thinking, news literacy, and civil discourse skill set, and provides students with opportunities to apply their learnings through current event analysis, roundtable discussions, and team debates. They promote youth civic engagements at the local and national levels by participating in discussion with politicians, journalists, academics, and educators.

SfN Wonder

SfN Wonder is a free multi-speaker symposium that captures the intersections of neuroscience with society, technology, and teenagers' everyday lives. The event's goal is to encourage exploration of the diverse neuroscience discipline while being educated on the topic through speakers and activities.

Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling workshop focused on type of journaling which embodies artistic and organizational aspects and is also relaxing and therapeutic. It aims to promote creativity and organizational skills, allows teens to practice and develop artistic skills and relax while creating something tangible that is personal and memorable. Students can take a break from school and spend time away from digital devices while getting lessons in drawing, organization, and journaling in the valuable experience of creating something analog and connecting with others through this process.

Girls Code AI

Girls Code AI is a freely accessible workshop, hackathon, and conference for girls in the Bay Area (no coding experience required). Participants (1 - workshop) learn the basics of AI, (2 - hackathon) utilize these skills to create a final project in a welcoming coding environment and (3 - conference) network with both each other and professionals in CS. The series will provide girls with both inspiration and information on how to get started with and continue to explore CS.  

Business for Teens

A series of events, around 1-2 hours each that geared towards middle schoolers and young high schoolers that teach business-related topics, such as how to create a business plan, marketing techniques, and public speaking skills. 

TedX Gunn High School

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. 

Gunn Hacks

Gunn Hacks is an intimate hackathon (150 hackers) with an emphasis on education. We welcome students with no programming experience and provide computers, hardware, mentors, and workshops to help kickstart their projects. As a student-run hackathon, we need sponsors and donations to fund the event every year.