Student, Interlake High School
Archika is a 17 year old social entrepreneur from Seattle, Washington. In 2017, she co-founded The EduSTEM Initiative, an international youth-run initiative that provides free STEM opportunities for youths from minority backgrounds. EduSTEM’s mission focuses on both educational equity and creative learning at the intersection of STEM and humanity. To date, the initiative has impacted 1,600+ youths over 150+ events in 15 cities and 4 countries. Beyond EduSTEM, Archika is also the President of her region’s largest youth-run TEDx conference, TEDxYouth@Redmond, and her school’s Technology Student Association. Through organizing and advocacy, she is committed to providing all-encompassing leadership and educational opportunities to youths of all backgrounds. In addition, Archika enjoys developing technological solutions for social good. In previous years, she has worked under Stanford University, NASA, and the University of Washington on computational models addressing causes such as poverty, health, and safety. For her work across community service and research contexts, she has been recognized internationally as a 2019 Global Teen Leader and a Mars Generation 24 under 24 Awardee. Ultimately, Archika hopes to play a role in creating an innovative, multi-faceted future for the world of education. First, through using technology to make learning more personalized, accessible, and democratized. Second, through empowering youth voices, creativity, and leadership by designing change-making focused learning spaces. Archika is a firm believer that education is at the crux of equal opportunity, and thus that every young person should have a space for their voice to be heard.