Nine-year-old Jarom Hauwai-Sauer is a self-taught coder who is using his tech skills for good! To introduce himself, he shares his Mihi below.
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I te taha o tōku māmā
No Mohaka ahau
Ko Tāwhirirangi tōku maunga
Ko Mohaka tōku awa
Ko Takitimu tōku waka
Ko Ngāti-Kahungunu tōku iwi
Ko Ngāti-Pahauwera tōku hapu
Ko Waipapa-ā-iwi tōku marae
Ko Cheval Sauer tōku papa
Ko Adele Hauwai tōku mama
Ko Jarom Marurangi Manupouri Sauer tōku ingoa
If you think a nine-year-old coder is impressive, wait ’til you hear that Jarom actually started coding and engineering when he was four!
Jarom is also involved with Young Engineers – a program that’s passionate about helping younger generations become highly skilled engineers and scientists by getting them into robotics.
Tech 4 Good
With a bunch of STEM skills and projects under his belt, Jarom was awarded a Gifted Kids Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, New Zealand, for his ‘Tech 4 Good’ projects. This includes a project with Healing Innovation Hub called Rongoaa Matihiko, which is a digital therapy virtual mindfulness program. The aim of this program is to teach youth how to design virtual reality apps for mental health and wellbeing.
He is using the scholarship to further his studies and is taking part in game development workshops, and learning about augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
The future + advice
Jarom says he wants to work in IT in the future, teach people how to code, and run his own tech business, AJC Tech.
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Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the acting digital editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals.