A computer science bootcamp launched by a high school student has encouraged younger students to try out an immersive program which encourages their creativity while teaching them fundamentals.
Ever since Robit Bommisetti was in eighth grade, he has been fascinated by computer science. “I believe Computer Science is a tool for millions that yields amazing results in any field,” Bommisetti said.
Bommisetti's initial project was inspired by his father's struggle with diabetes. He tried to find a way to make an artificial pancreas, mapping the amount of required insulin after a meal. He won an award at a local science fair and used the project to launch his future computer science studies.
Bommisetti is a rising junior at Conestoga High School He created a summer camp called CS4 Mainline for younger students interested in computer science. “A lot of students don’t use the sandbox provided in high school to explore their interests before they head off to college,” Bommisetti said. “By developing CS4 Mainline, I hope to encourage more high schoolers to use their limited time in high school to explore what they’d like to do.”
The idea for the camp camp up last summer after Bonnisetti showed his younger sister some games for programming. He then teamed up with Ruchard Xu, a 2017 graduate of Conestoga High School to create CS4 Mainline.
“I was puzzled as to why wasn’t there a creative outlet for the youth in the Main Line in the summer?” Bommisetti said. “I really liked working with kids and teaching them the fundamentals of computer science.”