Emily de la Pena - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Creating the next generation of coders, creators and change makers

Emily de la Pena helps primary school students from diverse backgrounds and educators to learn computer programming, design thinking and how to create digital solutions to solve community problems. She is a strong advocate of digital literacy education and technology creation.

Emily gives her time to teach computer programming at CoderDojo, a volunteer-led movement of free coding clubs for children that shows how coding is a force for change in the world. She has given presentations and publishes free online content to teach children and teachers the fundamentals of computer programming languages including Scratch, Python, HTML and CSS. Her sessions also progress to cover robotics.

Although based in Brisbane, Emily tours regional Queensland, including to centres such as Mount Isa, Longreach and Cairns, to work with Indigenous students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, as well as encouraging girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.

Emily is a keen volunteer in other digital areas and helps:

  • present free coding and programming workshops at various venues including the State Library of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, schools and conferences
  • provide innovative fundraising digital technology platforms for charities, not-for-profits, schools and community groups with social enterprise Gifts4Good
  • support digital technology developments to improve the organisational operation of charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises by participating in Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) events
  • organise events for Women Who Code sessions, to support female professionals in computer programming and women who want to learn programming.

Emily's own business, Coding Kids, is a computer club for children where they create their own computer games, animations and digital art with a focus on play, imagination and exploration.

Emily has worked as a civil engineer, an English teacher and a kindergarten teacher at a bilingual kindergarten in Germany. She has run after-school and holiday programs for children and also worked as a community cause accounts manager for a social enterprise start-up.

Emily was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, she will maintain her regional Queensland STEM outreach, especially for Indigenous communities, encouraging girls and teachers to get on board. She will also continue to work with various organisations who are already doing great work, such as the Queensland College of Teachers, STEM.I.AM, the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, and the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist.

Emily is nominated by: Queensland Department of Education

Creating the next generation of coders, creators and change makers

Emily de la Pena helps primary school students from diverse backgrounds and educators to learn computer programming, design thinking and how to create digital solutions to solve community problems. She is a strong advocate of digital literacy education and technology creation.

Emily gives her time to teach computer programming at CoderDojo, a volunteer-led movement of free coding clubs for children that shows how coding is a force for change in the world. She has given presentations and publishes free online content to teach children and teachers the fundamentals of computer programming languages including Scratch, Python, HTML and CSS. Her sessions also progress to cover robotics.

Although based in Brisbane, Emily tours regional Queensland, including to centres such as Mount Isa, Longreach and Cairns, to work with Indigenous students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, as well as encouraging girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.

Emily is a keen volunteer in other digital areas and helps:

  • present free coding and programming workshops at various venues including the State Library of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, schools and conferences
  • provide innovative fundraising digital technology platforms for charities, not-for-profits, schools and community groups with social enterprise Gifts4Good
  • support digital technology developments to improve the organisational operation of charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises by participating in Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) events
  • organise events for Women Who Code sessions, to support female professionals in computer programming and women who want to learn programming.

Emily's own business, Coding Kids, is a computer club for children where they create their own computer games, animations and digital art with a focus on play, imagination and exploration.

Emily has worked as a civil engineer, an English teacher and a kindergarten teacher at a bilingual kindergarten in Germany. She has run after-school and holiday programs for children and also worked as a community cause accounts manager for a social enterprise start-up.

Emily was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, she will maintain her regional Queensland STEM outreach, especially for Indigenous communities, encouraging girls and teachers to get on board. She will also continue to work with various organisations who are already doing great work, such as the Queensland College of Teachers, STEM.I.AM, the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, and the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist.

Emily is nominated by: Queensland Department of Education