Following graduation from Westview High School, the alarming number of girls without exposure to computer science prompted the founders of the SD Girls Coding Camp to start an initiative for middle and high school girls. The SD Girls Coding Camp, now in its 6th year, seeks to close the gender gap in computer science by giving girls early exposure through a free week long camp over the summer. Each camp features free computer usage, speakers in industry, and dedicated instructors who have developed their own curriculum.
Kasey is a Technical Program Manager at Instagram and a UCLA graduate, where she received a degree in Mathematics and Economics with a specialization in Computer Science. She is also a Westview High School alumni and grew up in Rancho Penasquitos. By creating this camp, Kasey hopes to give girls an opportunity to learn about programming and the ability to find out early if programming is something they find interesting and want to pursue in the future, an opportunity she never had.
Esther graduated from UC Irvine with a Computer Science and Engineering degree before joining BAE Systems as a software engineer. As one of the original creators of the SD Girls Coding Camp, she is excited to see this camp grow and evolve as it continues to inspire many girls each year. Through taking AP Computer Science and AP Calculus at Westview, she discovered her passion for programming and engineering and is thrilled to have the opportunity to encourage other young girls to get involved in the field.
Brenda is a Software Engineer at Facebook and a Carnegie Mellon University graduate, where she majored in Computer Science with a minor in Machine Learning. She is also a Westview Alumni and is co-founder of the Women in Computer Science (WICS) club at Westview. During her college years, she continued her efforts of increasing diversity in tech and giving CS exposure to younger audiences via her active involvement in the Women@SCS group, SCS4ALL group, SCS Day planning committee, serving as Teaching Assistant for CS courses, and participating in roadshows (presentations that cleared the stereotypical misconceptions around CS and introduced the field as problem solving) for students in middle school and beyond. Now in her career at FB, she continues to be on the lookout for involvement including teaching new hire classes. Brenda looks forward to spending time with and teaching a new group of students at this year's camp!
Baula Xu is a current Senior at MIT studying computer science and engineering. As a Westview alum, she served as a founding member and Vice President of the school's Women in Computer Science (WICS) Club. At MIT, she serves as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) VP of Technology, a co-director of the MIT Women's Initiative, and a committee member of EECScon. Baula is especially interested in the intersection between technology and art, and has taken classes in drawing, ceramics, and glassblowing. She is also currently pursuing a research role at the MIT media lab, where she can experience the practical applications of her interdisciplinary studies. In her free time, Baula enjoys hanging out with friends, singing bad karaoke, and traveling to new places.
Mattie is going to be a Freshman at UCLA studying Computer Science. She was a member of the Women in Computer Science club at the school. She thinks that computer science is a field of knowledge that everyone should learn and have access to. Her experience comes from the AP Computer Science class at Westview, participating in a hackathon, and creating an app through the Technovations Challenge. She is excited to be a part of this camp!
Rhea is currently a Senior at Westview High School. Rhea first developed an interest in computer science through taking the AP computer science course at her school. Rhea now takes an active role in the Women in Computer Science club at her school, where she creates new and interesting apps and works to promote computer science in her community. She believes that teaching computer science skills is important because of the large impact that technology plays in today's society.