WATT is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by two Holy Names students as a way to introduce girls to computer science at a young age.
Meet the Core Team
We are a team of Holy Names juniors and seniors who run the organization. We create the curriculum, recruit volunteers, teach classes, and manage the day-to-day operations.
I am a senior at Holy Names Academy. I had some experience with coding and computer science in middle school but taking AP Computer Science in sophomore year truly solidified my interest in the field. I’m really passionate about education as a way to help spread knowledge and I’m excited to continue working with WATT!
My name is Maria Belanger and I am a senior at Holy Names Academy. I started doing computer science in elementary school by playing computer games through the Hour of Code website. I always loved video games and little did I know it would be my introduction to computer science! In high school, I took AP Computer Science as a sophomore. I loved the class and appreciated how different and exciting computer science is compared to other school subjects. I have been a part of WATT for the past two years and I truly believe this program is a great way to start young girls on their path in computer science and in STEM fields!
Social Media Manager
I am a senior at Holy Names Academy and I am in charge of social media! I have grown up in Seattle, surrounded by technology, so I’ve always been interested in computer science. Outside of coding, I love to dance. Ballet has been a passion of mine since I was young. I am passionate about combining my interests in the arts and STEM, so I’m excited to show WATT students that we can be interested in coding without sacrificing our love of the arts.
Hi, my name is Josie. I am a senior at Holy Names Academy and the volunteer coordinator for WATT. Computer Science has been my favorite subject since I took AP Computer Science sophomore year. I have an english bulldog named Dallas and I love all animals.
I am currently a junior at Holy Names Academy, and I took AP Computer Science last year. I have one younger sister, and I love to play soccer. I learned about coding in middle school and have enjoyed doing it ever since.
I am a Junior at Holy Names Academy and manage the WATT website. My interest in Computer Science stemmed from Math. Before going to an all girls school I did not enjoy Math and I never thought I would be smart enough to go into Computer Science. By being apart of the WATT Core Team, I hope to help other girls know that they are smart and should try new things!
Mackenzie and Laura graduated from Holy Names Academy in 2016. Both just finished their undergraduate degrees: Mackenzie at Villanova and Laura at the University of Washington.
Their inspiration for starting WATT is rooted in the mentorship that they received as young women, and the belief that continuing the cycle of mentorship is an opportunity to grow personally and to uplift the computer science field for women.
Meet the Board
We are a team of Holy Names alumnae who guide the organization at a higher level. Having been on the core team previously, we are committed to WATT's mission and driving the organization's long-term goals and vision.
I started WATT back in 2015 with Laura while we were juniors at Holy Names Academy and I am so proud of the work it still is doing. Coding outreach has been a priority wherever I go. I graduated from Villanova University in May 2020 magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. I am starting my PhD in Computer Science in October 2020 at King's College London. I look forward to continuing to inspire young girls by teaching them how to code and to further my research career.
I'm a freshman at Santa Clara University majoring in Computer Science. I was first introduced to computer science in 8th grade when I participated in a computer science camp. This was the first time I discovered how to print my name to the terminal window. Through computer science I uncovered various solutions to improve my life such as developing and implementing my own calculators and algorithms. If you asked me in middle school if I would be interested in computer science, I would have laughed and told you, “CS is attractive for only boys” or “It's too nerdy”. Jump forward to today, I’m excited to pursue a career in CS and have made a commitment to inspire young women that they also belong in STEM. From that point onward I have participated in every CS opportunity possible. I have taken all the CS classes available to me, joined STEM clubs, taught students through WATT, completed two software engineering summer internships, and currently an instructor for STEMTree learning center.
I’m a junior at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo studying computer science. I fell in love with coding as soon as I saw “Hello World” print on my screen for the first time. I was the core leader of WATT in 2016-2017 and had an awesome time giving young students an opportunity to learn how to code. My passion for outreach has continued in college where I have lead numerous outreach events for k-12 students to teach them about engineering and computer science. I have been an officer in Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers since my freshman year and I currently serve as the Tech Director for a club called Women Involved in Software in Hardware, leading our many software and hardware workshops and projects that we do through out the year. I am also a project lead in Cal Poly Robotics Club where I am working to build an electric, Bluetooth skateboard. I interned last summer at Discover Financial Services doing Application Security and will be interning at GoDaddy this summer doing Software Development for their Digital Crimes Unit. I’m grateful for programs like WATT and am excited to see the next fierce generation of computer scientists!!
I’m a junior at the University of Washington pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. I had no idea what computer science was until my sophomore year of high school, and since then it’s been one amazing adventure after another. Getting involved in WATT was one of the most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made and helped my discover my passion for the use of technology in education.
I just completed my third summer at Microsoft and each year brings something new. I'm so excited to be involved with WATT again!