ASEI Student member from Silicon valley Nidhi Mathihali is no stranger to ASEI Newsletter readers. She has been featured previously as she won prizes in local Science fairs and ASEI events such as Silicon Valley BETS 2020, National YTE 2020 and also first prize during YTE at our recent 34th National Convention in January 2022. In addition to that, she volunteers her time with several non profits including ASEI. Nidhi has continued to win accolades at multiple avenues including second year in a row at NCWIT 2022 Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC)
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the farthest-reaching network of change leaders focused on advancing innovation by correcting underrepresentation in computingEach year, U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are women, genderqueer, or non-binary are eligible to receive recognition for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 3,500 amazing, talented young applicants. from all around the USA
19-year-old Sidhardh Jain is an inventor of two novel patent pending projects, ISEF grand award winner and Microsoft imagine cup 2021 winner. Sidhardh’s journey started when he developed interest in LEGOs at age 13 – much like many other kids of that age. Little did he realize, however, that his interest would later turn into an unimaginable and rewarding career.
Sid saw an opportunity to pursue a career building LEGOs in 2013, when his team qualified for an international championship program; they would represent India in a LEGO competition. Over the years that followed, he pivoted his love for LEGOs into robotics, entering other competitions and finding new and inventive ways to impact people's lives by building robots. As a side benefit of his love for robotics, he won some prestigious awards.
In 2018, when his grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the power of robotics became newly personal to him. He didn’t appreciate the way his grandfather's privacy was invaded due to his condition. So, he developed a solution based on robotics to help protect the privacy of people like his granddad. That led to inventing his first patent pending project.
Sidhardh encourages young people to take advantage of the opportunities available to them by reaching out to organizations like ASEI. He knows that by doing this, they can turn their passions into careers that change the world for others. He attributes his own success to the support he received from mentors at organizations like OMOTEC who guided him to build innovative products.
As a result of pursuing his interests and finding people to support him along the way, he turned his passion into a rewarding career that is making the world a better place.
This article is based on conversations Aditya Guthey, an ASEI Silicon Valley chapter member and a career coach has had with Sidharth Jain for ASEI Youth Corner. ASEI has a partnership with Moonpreneur - a Silicon Valley based startup that accelerates youths' path from STEM education to entrepreneurship. They are offering summer internships for ASEI youth members as well in summer 2022. Click to avail special offers for ASEI community