MST grad honored by CNN
MST grad honored by CNN
Posted on 12/14/2017
Girl sitting with laptop on college campus

Utica Community Schools graduate Christina Li will be honored this weekend by CNN as one of five young people “who are changing the game.”

Li, a 2016 graduate of Stevenson High School and the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, has been named among five CNNHEROES for her work to promote computer science to young female students.

As a high school student, Li began offering a week-long camp for junior high school students that promoted coding and computer science. Camp members were also introduced to leading female executives in the computer science industry. Now studying at Stanford University, she continued the camp in UCS this past summer.

For her work, Li was previously honored as a Champion of Change by the White House and featured on Nickelodeon’s HALO Effect and Amy Poehlor’s Smart Girls.


Below is the write up from the CNN Web site:

Most 19-year-olds don't know how to code or build robots, let alone teach others. But that's exactly what Christina Li is determined to do through Hello World, her annual computer science camp for middle school girls.

Christina started her free, weeklong classes as a high school junior in Macomb, Michigan. Today, each camp hosts about 30 girls, in the hopes of bridging the gender gap that exists in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

Now in her sophomore year at Stanford University, where she is studying computer science and mechanical engineering, Christina will be interning this summer at SpaceX, a company that strives to enable people to live on other planets.

"It's not that I want (the girls) to exactly follow in my footsteps," Christina said. "I really hope to show them that ... their ability is unlimited."


For more information on the CNN special, please see this link: