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Exploring and sharing the Joy of Coding

Hi, my name is Mariya Ansi. I was born and brought up in Pondicherry, where I lived with my mother and younger sister. As a single parent, my mother instilled in me the value of being positive and independent in life. My biggest aspiration is to be happy and make others around me happy, and appreciate each moment in my life!

In my professional work, I want to keep on learning, growing and become an excellent software developer. I discovered my passion for computers when I was 15 years old and decided to pursue it for my higher studies. I have always enjoyed creating, tinkering and fixing things, even more so in programming. After high school, I completed my Bachelors and Masters in Computer Application. Being introduced to Python and Java during college motivated me to explore tech further. Over time, I started participating in seminars, giving paper presentations, and entered coding competitions, some of which I even won. I also did a few projects in Machine Learning that I enjoyed quite a lot. In January 2021, I joined Yuvabe as an intern. I chose Yuvabe as it was a startup where I could see opportunities for learning and developing my skills. Just after joining the unit, I was introduced to the Frappe framework. I consider it a great learning as it helped strengthen my knowledge of frontend and backend technologies. It was on this framework that I built my first project, which was a booking system for Auroville’s oldest yoga centre. The experience of completing that project gave me great joy and built within me immense confidence!

Mariya with her coding students at Deepanam school's STEAM Fest

As part of the Yuvabe team, I also get to teach Python language at Deepanam School of Auroville. We make programming fun and interesting for the kids of this free progress school by building games like rock-paper-scissors, quiz mazes, number games as well as building robots. Here, I can see how coding equips kids with the ability to stick with a problem and work on finding a solution, enhancing their tenacity and attitude towards problem solving. In fact, we are seeing kids show more interest in coding now than other STEAM classes! A few months ago, when Yuvabe helped set up the Deepanam STEAM Fest, our programming projects received a lot of interest and appreciation from the parents. This year, under the guidance of our mentor, Anupama, we have restarted the classes with even more kids.

I feel very happy seeing how I am growing as a professional and as a person and with the support I am receiving in making my dreams come true. 

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