Imaginative, Immersed, Enthusiastic
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
- Walt Disney
When she started with the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) in 7th grade, she immediately enjoyed how immersive the program was, with design challenges every week and learning how to use new devices like the laser cutter and 3D printer. Since then, she has taken part in many competitions and showcases including the San Jose Tech Museum's Tech Challenge, Maker Faire, and FIRST Tech Challenge. She has also participated in multiple science fairs, winning an award for her Synopsys science fair project in 2015. Outside of SLI, Mariana enjoys performing in school plays, drawing, and combining her tech and artistic skills in animation projects.
Good Deed App
Pixel Hacks, 2019
Developed an app that challenged a user to do good deeds in order to promote self-awareness and kindness in the community.
Drop and Dash
Tech Challenge, 2018
Engineered and built a car which could be activated via falling from a certain height in a competition hosted by the Tech Museum.