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A Fourth Grade Girl Is Teaching The World How To Code

Samaira Mehta
Samaira Mehta on stage at age 8 speaking at Women in Tech Festival

Engineer, coder, entrepreneur, speaker, and writer Samaira Mehta has been making waves in Silicon Valley with her unique ideas. She has launched her own business, spoken at major conferences, and conducted workshops all across the nation before entering the fourth grade!

Mehta’s passion for coding drove her to launch a board game called Coder Bunnyz to help other children, specifically girls, learn how to code at a young age. Coder Bunnyz combines learning with fun by presenting the information in an interactive format for the children.

Considering the nominal number of women in technology, Metha hopes to encourage more girls and women to enter the field. Girls U Code is a nonprofit organization that she started to give underprivileged girls an opportunity to learn more about engineering, and to help them succeed in the future.

She has taught 60 workshops in the Bay Area alone to approximately 2,000 children. Common locations for her events are libraries, schools, community centers, and tech events. Additionally, Google gave her the opportunity to host a session at their headquarters to support her mission.

Cookies with Coder Bunniez is Mehta’s and Coder Bunnyz’s primary online presence. It is a talk show that she initiated to interview entrepreneurs, leaders, and educators in the tech field. This provides encouragement and easily accessible knowledge to all aspiring engineers!

Her campaigns have caught the eye of news outlets, tech companies, and the White House. She has been invited to speak at both CMG Impact 2017 Women in Tech and SVF 2017.

Speaking to crowds of hundreds of people is no joke, let alone at Mehta’s young age. Her accomplishments and confidence have not gone unnoticed. She has been recognized by establishments such as NBC, Sony, and Mercury News. Sony even went so far as to feature her in a documentary they created on Silicon Valley!

Eventually, Mehta hopes to change the role of women in technology by showing them that they are not closed off to the field. Her speeches, as shown below, explain that at a young age women are taught to be “princesses” and not to find math and science enjoyable. Her mission is to abolish that stereotype and encourage women to pursue engineering globally!

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