helping kids stem up to greater heights in the STEM fields

STEMup4Youth

ASHLEY LIN

Curriculum Assistant

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • High Distinction and Distinction in UNSW Science competition
  • High Distinction in UNSW Mathematics competition
  • Distinction in Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians.
  • Top 10% in Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads Inc.
  • Distinction in UNSW English competition
  • Language Perfect 8th Student overall World championship
  • STEMup4Youth Leadership Award
  • Language Perfect 3rd Student in French


Kids are fun! :)

  • Academic Pentathlon medalist
  • Robotics team member
  • Lion's Heart Volunteer
  • Author of Love Returns (unpublished 50-page novel)
  • School on Wheels tutor
  • Principal's Honor Roll
  • President's Award for academic excellence
  • Middle School Valedictorian
  • FBI Cyber G-Girl  Academy  participant
  • President's Volunteer Service Award: Bronze


Every kid is different in their own special way and I love that! :)



JUSTIN TAN

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist

  • UTNBC International Biology Scholar

  • Piano CM Level 10 with Branch Honors

  • Center of Talented Youth Study of Exceptional Talent Qualifier

  • World Relief Chamber Music Violinist


;)


  • Troy High School Principal's Honor Roll
  • Troy High School CSF recipient
  • Featured Artist at Troy High Arts Week
  • BIOLA competitive swimmer since 2011
  • First Chair clarinet Hutchinson Wind Ensemble
  • NLMUSD Honor Band
  • Unanimous Superiors at Redlands Festival Wind Ensemble


I love watching kids learn and be creative! <3

ZINAL PATEL

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

TU AN NGUYEN

Assistant STEM Instructor

Marketing  & Curriculum Assistant

Junior

Troy High School

SARAH CHANG

Senior

Sonora High School

  • AP Scholar

  • Science Bowl Member 

  • Cal Poly EPIC Summer Camp Participant

  • JV Swim Team

  • 2017 Freeway Leaque Finals Medalist

  • Society for Science & the Public Member

  • Science Olympiad States Medalist


I like to create and solve almost anything! Once this is accomplished, I usually try to either help or introduce my new profound skill to my friends! For example, Rubik's Cubing!


KATHERINE DINH

Marketing Officer

Senior

Troy High School

BRISA BERNAL

Activities Assistant

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

HANA CHO

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

PRISCILLA TAO

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Valencia High School

  • Inventor of Q-tip Syringe for kids
  • California Scholarship Federation Qualifier
  • Troy High School High Honor Roll
  • Volunteer at Hacienda Heights Parks and Recreational Department
  • Volunteers with children at Church


Working with kids for much of my life, I've learned how to teach kids. They are so fun to be with! :)

  • US Biology Olympiad Semifinalist
  • Troy High School Swim Freeway League Champion
  • Troy High School Water Polo  Freeway League Champion
  • Junior Olympic Swimming Finalist
  • Violin MTAC Level 10


Have fun! :)

STEMup4Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation to pursue the elements of STEM by bringing children fun, hands-on STEM activities. Founder Sharleen Loh  has been designing STEM activities for children since 2013. Today, STEMup4Youth hosts weekly STEM programs and serves over 5,000 children throughout Southern California—at Boys and Girls Clubs, public libraries, presentations, expos, bookmobiles, showcases, elementary schools,  children's festivals, county fairs, and summer reading programs.  Our creative coding  divisions teach introductory and intermediate coding / Lego robot programming classes for different age groups. Currently, we have 8 chapters to help further spread our love of STEM!

NEELAM MISTRY

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Valencia High School

Meet our "STEMbers"!

DARBY CLEMENT

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Troy Leo Club Co-president

  • Troy Principal's Honor Roll

  • Farm to Feed Plant Department Leader

  • Church Pianist

  • Piano Certificate Level 8


  • KMS ASB leader
  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • Orange County Theme Festival for piano 1st place
  • Piano Certificate of Merit Advanced Level 10


Hello! :)

  • Garden Grove Regional Library tutor
  • Loves light novels
  • Passionate for food and sleeping
  • Works out over the weekend


I'm in love with food.

  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  •  LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition (2nd Place 2016 middle school division, 3rd place 2017 national division)
  • CyberPatriot National Finalist


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


  • 2010 CAPMT Piano Concerto Competition State Champion

  • 2010 CAPMT Piano Bartok Competition Bronze Medal

  • 2014 Bach Competition State Finalist, Bronze Award

  • 2014  MTAC Piano Solo Competition Orange County West Division Champion

  • Middle School: Kraemer Middle School Concertmaster (Violinist) 2015-2016 :D

  • Middle School: Member of the Kraemer Middle School State Runner Up Science Olympiad Team, Got around 17 medals total, competed in Invasive Species, Reach for the Stars, and Fossils


I really do actually like working with kids


  • Presidential Award Recipient

  • Gold Community Service Award Recipient

  • National Junior Honors Society Member

  • Self-taught piano player

  • ​Aspiring Medical Practitioner


I love working with kids and making a difference in their lives. 


  • THS Cyber Patriot member
  • Troy Tech student
  • Piano Certificate of Merit level 9
  • NJB championship series


Yay STEM kids!!

  • Principal's List
  • Mock Trial Best Prosecution Witness
  • National Principal's List award
  • Girl Scouts Bronze and Silver award and  Girl Delegate
  • Valencia High School Lacrosse Team member
  • Viola Player in Valencia High School Orchestra
  • Math Counts club member
  • Best Female Math Student in Middle School


 My dream is to inspire kids to the STEM field (:

PATRICK RIM

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • President's Honor Roll
  • Troy High School JV Water Polo
  • Past Junior Olympics Swimmer
  • Volunteer for English Learning in Foreign Countries
  • Wagor International School of Excellence Speech Contest 2nd Place
  • Graduated from Tzu Chi Academy


I love to help kids finding what they love and enjoy.

  • USNCO (US National Chemistry Olympiad) High Honors—top 50 in the nation; 1st Place in the Regional competition (individual and team)—Margaret Carlberg Award
  • Science Olympiad State Competition—1st Place Protein Modeling & Forensics
  • Science Olympiad National Champion Team
  • NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Award
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award—Distinguished Finalist
  • Girl Scouts Gold Award, OC Celebrate Leadership Girl Representative, Voice for Girls Panelist
  • Co-founder &  Co-President of Troy High Chemistry Club
  • Fundraising Event Co-President & Violinist for World Relief Chamber Music
  • Johns Hopkins University International Talent Search Grand Award Recipient
  • Davidson Young Scholar, Ambassador, and MaPD
  • MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement)—Solo Math 1st Place (State) and Speak Up (Speech Competition) 2nd Place (State); Solo Math and Speak Up 1st Place (Regional)


I love working with children & helping to enrich their futures! I hope to make a lasting impact on the world, whether it be big or small :)

  • Troy High School Principal's Honor Roll
  • National Honor Society Member
  • Troy HS 4 Years Varsity Swimmer
  • Academic Tutor since 2013
  • Swimming Instructor since 2014
  • Junior Olympic Swimmer
  • Competitive USA swimmer since 2007
  • Unanimous Superiors at Southern Section Festival for Symphonic Band & Jazz Band
  • President's Award for Academic Excellent
  • Troy HS Unite for Sight VP
  • Troy HS VSA Public Speaker


I enjoy watching young children learn and improve! :)

  • ALS Association President

  • Tutor for Special Need children

  • Troy Rotary Top 100 student

  • Enjoy Biology subject

  • Enjoy making videos on Facebook











Who We Serve

​​What We Do


  • RF Leadership/ASB Student Award

  • RF Principle Honor Roll

  • Troy ROTC Orienteering Team

  • Giving Children Hope Volunteer

  • Relay for Life Volunteer

  • Likes to read


I'm that one person who thought the E in STEM meant English. Haha!

  • Principal's Honor Roll
  • St. Jude Medical Center Volunteer
  • California Scholarship Federation Qualifier
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award Qualifier
  • Science Olympiad Participant
  • Academic Decathlon Member


I enjoy teaching and inspiring kids in STEM! :)

  • Science Olympiad States Championship Medalists

  • KMS Science Olympiad Team Member (2nd at states overall)

  • Science Olympiad Team "Most Spirited Award" 2015

  • Former Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 723

  • Life Scout Rank

  • Troy Cross Country Team Member

  • Orange County Community Youth Orchestra member


"STEM is a really cool way to look at everything around us, and sharing that outlook to kids is a great thing!"

SENA TAKASHIMA

Marketing, Social Media Manager

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

KHIRA MISTRY

STEM Instructor

Junior

Valencia High School

YOUSTINA GIRGIS

Sophomore

Troy High School

ANDREW WU

Assistant STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

SIERRA PARK

Advisor

Alumna

  • Troy High School Principal's Honor Roll
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • San Francisco Festival of Gold Sinfonia Orchestra - 1st place
  • Piano Certificate of Merit Level 10


Hello! :)

MATTHEW NGUYEN

Assistant STEM Instructor

Fundraising Officer & Curriculum Assistant

Junior

Troy High School

TANISHA JOSHI

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

MABEL SHEHADA

Marketing & Fundraising Advisor

Alumna

  • Pre-competitive Swimmer
  • Author of the Month at school
  • Avid Piano Player for 6 years
  • Fullerton Rangers Soccer Player


I enjoy teaching and inspiring kids in STEM! :)

MIRANDA NICUSANTI

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore
  Troy High School


JEFFREY ZHOU

Senior

Troy High School

STACY LONG

HR Management Director

Senior STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

MEGAN LOH

Coding Division Founder

Chief Technological Officer

Center Director

Sophomore

Troy High School

KANIN LIANG

Senior STEM Instructor

Fundraising Manager

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • Academic Decathlon Math and Science Medalist
  • Math Tutor
  • Repeated Competitor in St. Barbara Math Bee
  • Best in Science graduating class of 2014 for St. Barbara Middle School


The crazier the kids the better! :)

BENJAMIN WANG

Assistant STEM Instructor

Curriculum Assistant

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • Troy Orienteering Team
  • FRC robotics team
  • JHU grand award winner
  • Huge math nerd
  • AMC 8 top 5%



About Us


SAMANTHA ANICETO

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Red Cross President
  • STEMup4Youth Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County
  • Troy High School Principal's Honor Roll
  • Taekwondo Black Bel
  • National Honor Society member
  • National Junior Honors Society Member
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • Little Chopin Pianist of the Year
  • Top of Class in the Vietnamese Language and Culture Institute of Orange County


STEM is cool! :)

  • Ladera Vista Cyber Security Team
  • President Award for Academic Excellent
  • Taekwondo Black Belt
  • AAA Club Swimmer
  • National Junior Honors Society member



RUTVI RAY

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

DEVORAH AKHAMZADEH

 STEM Instructor

College Senior
  California State University, Monterey Bay



  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • Operation Smile Co-Fundraiser
  • World Relief Chamber Music Clarinet player
  • World Relief Chamber Music Website Photo Gallery Editor
  • World Relief Chamber Music Co-President for senior center
  • World Relief Chamber Music Chair of Photo Gallery Sub-Committee
  • Troy High Principal's Honor Roll
  • Piano Certificate of Merit Level 10
  • STEMup4Youth Most Valuable STEM Instructor Award


 Working with the kids is fun and I have had an amazing experience so far. I can't wait to make more memories and to help the children learn something new! :)

  • Ranked #1 freshman year 


I love working in the STEM field!

SUSANNA CAO

Assistant STEM Instructor

7th Grade

Laguna Road Jr. High

  • President's Award for Educational Excellence

  • Math Department Award

  • Troy Oracle Staff

  • Battle of the Books 3rd place

  • Science Olympiad Invitationals Medalist


Watching kids grow and learn from STEM is incredible! I loving working with and teaching kids and I hope others will join and benefit too!

  • Children's Hospital of Orange County Club member
  • Best Buddies helper for children with special needs
  • Likes playing piano
  • Passionate for arts, reading, and sciences


I love to work with children because it's great when you're able to make them smile and help them have a good time (:



  •  Troy High GSA Vice  President

  •  Girl Scout Bronze Award

  • perfect attendance since elementary school

  • Honor choir competition winner


I like working with people of all ages. I especially like to make others happy.

  • President's Award for Educational Excellence

  • Math Department Award

  • Battle of the Books 3rd place

  • Science Olympiad Invitationals Medalist


Watching kids grow and learn from STEM is incredible! I loving working with and teaching kids and I hope others will join and benefit too!

SAMANTHA LONG

Vice President

Senior STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

We serve pre-schoolers to middle schoolers.

ALINA CHOI

Human Resources Recruitment Manager

STEM Instructor Manager

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • Fellowships of Christian Athletes Vice President

  • Cross country runner

  • Big Brother, Big Sister volunteer

  • Presidential Award



STEVIE RODRIGUEZ

​Marketing Design Manager

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

ERIC SON

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

SHIVUM JOSHI

Assistant STEM Instructor

8th Grader

Ladera Vista Junior High School


  • Gindi Maimonides Academy Associate Teacher

  • Camp Shira Camp Director

  • B.S. Computer Science and Information Technology, June 2018


    Technology is an incredibly powerful tool, and children have immense and often unharnessed 
    potential to use their creativity together with technology to build, engineer and create.




TYLER HUYNH

Curriculum Officer

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • THS Principal Honors Roll
  • THS Cross Country Girls’ Varsity “Rookie of the Year”
  • MTAC Springfest Piano 2nd Place
  • UCSD COSMOS Alumni, Best Team-Player Award, Motivator Award
  • Former Piano Accompanist for EVCC (East Valley Children's Choir)
  • World Relief Chamber Music Percussionist
  • Piano Certificate of Merit Level 10
  • President’s Award for Educational Excellence


I love the connection and bonds we develop with the children. It makes my day when they smile and really engage themselves in the activities. I'm so glad to be a part of this! :)

SHARLEEN LOH

Founder & CEO

Chief STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Robotic Team member
  • aMAZEing award in FSD robot nation
  • Python and JavaScript coder
  • Lion Chess Tournament Grade Champions
  • Founder of Pianist
  • Basketball Championships team player
  • YVC Piano Competition 1st place
  • Piano Certificate of Merit level 7
  • Basketball Championships team player


I enjoy working with kids and would like to instill a joy of sciences!

HENRY LUO

Assistant STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

RACHEL PAREDES

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Troy Principal's Honor Roll
  • CHOC club Vice President
  • Varsity soccer and track
  • Piano Certificate of Merit Level 8
  • Troy Tech computer science student 




BRYAN SONG

HR Officer

Sophomore

Troy High School

JASMINE YANG

STEM Instructor

Senior

Diamond Bar High School

ETHAN THAN

Assistant STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

  • Mechanics Head at Troy High School Robotics
  • Co-president of Design 3D
  • California Scholarship Federation Qualifier
  • Troy High Principal Honor Roll
  • 3rd Place FBLA Business Procedures
  • Gold D. Russell Parks Service Award


I hope to inspire many kids in STEM fields in the same way that many others have inspired me. :D 

  • STEM Robotics Team

  • End of Year School Speaker

  • Four year volleyball player

  • Impressive Social Life


I enjoy bothering my dog, helping people, and having fun.

  • Sophomore Class President
  • Troy High School High Honor Roll
  • American Chemical Society Award Recipient
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry Southern California Award Recipient
  • Certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid and CPR
  • Baking Enthusiast
  • Audio file at heart 


I love working with kids and getting to see their eyes light up when they figure that they have created something great.




IMANI MUSEMBI

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

JASON TSAI

Web Design Assistant

Senior

Troy High School

SUSHOVAN PAIN

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

RACHEL SEOL

Senior

Troy High School

  • Troy Cyber Patriot team member
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • National Junior Honor Society secretary
  • Piano Certificate of Merit Level 9
  • Kraemer Middle School newspaper editor
  • Kraemer ASB


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


  • Principal's List
  • Spelling Bee School Competition 3rd Place
  • School Newspaper Editor
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Math Field Day School Representative & won 3 Medals
  • Girl Scout Bronze Award


I enjoy working with kids especially with the STEM experiments :)


ERIC BAIK

Marketing & Fundraising Advisor

Alumnus

  • Science Olympiad State and Regional Medal recipient (2nd place Crime Busters, and 3rd place Food Science in States)
  • Johns Hopkins University International Talent Search Grand Award Recipient & Study of Exceptional Talent
  • Girl Scouts Silver & Bronze Awards
  • Chair of World Relief Chamber Music Web Club  & Violinist
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • Orange County Scripps National Spelling Bee 5th place winner
  • Most Valuable STEM Instructor & Outstanding Volunteer Award


Teaching kids is a thrilling experience, and I think everyone should get the chance to enjoy it. Spread  the love! <3

KHAI TRAN

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Garden Grove High School

ANDUS VAN HAO

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • THS Oracle member

  • 5 years Saxophone Player

  • 10 years scouting

  • Life Scout (to be eagle)

  • Passionate in graphics design 


  • You be the Chemist National Challenge, 3rd place
  • Science/ Math/ English tutor for TroyCentral
  • 1st at U1400 section and mixed doubles of the 51st annual American Open Chess Tournament
  • 2nd at Regional Spelling Bee
  • Troy High School Principal's Honor Roll


It's really cool to see the enthusiasm the kids have for science! :)

REGINA WANG

 Secretary

Senior STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

ANDREW NGUYEN

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Robotics creator and  competitor

  • Piano Solo competition winner

  • YVC Piano Competition 1st place winner

  • Certificate of Merit Level 6

  • CSS & HTML5 coder
    Writer's Guild member

  • Orange County Math Circle Thanksgiving Tournament


​I hope to teach and help younger kids and the future generations with the understanding and benefits of STEM.


  • YMCA basketball team member
  • Ladera vista Jr High School Honors Student
  • 40+ volunteer hours at the Placentia Library
  • Caring for family and friends


I love working with everyone!!

  • Senior Kumon Tutor
  • violinist at St. Paul Apostle Church
  • FBLA state competitor
  • Troy High School Principal Award
  • Member of National Honors Society
  • James S. Thalman Library Golden
  • Wilhelmina Van Hunnick Memorial Award 3rd Place Team
  • Private Tutor for children ages 12 and under
  • Red Cross Volunteer
  • Vietnamese Student Association V.P.
  • Active pianist for over 7 years
  • California Scholarship Federation Qualifier
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence


Ready to 'STEM' out to reach every creative mind! <3333

  • GATE Student
  • Carrillo Ranch Elementary 4th Grade Spelling Bee Winner
  • John Glenn Middle School Honor Roll (all three years)
  • President of Rotary Club in 8th Grade
  • Secretary of Environmental Club in 8th Grade
  • Hip Hop Dancer at Hart Academy of Dance
  • WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) member


I love working in the STEM field!

DARREN CHEN

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • OA Korean Biliteracy Language Award

  • AGAPE Love Volunteer

  • Cerritos Aquatics medal recipient

  • Student of the month


STEM is cool! :)

  • Troy High School Principal's Honor Roll
  • Cross Country and Track JV Team
  • Academic Pentathlon 1st Place Medalist
  • Crescent Elementary Spelling Bee Champ
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Dancer at OC Millennium


I love watching kids become aware of the amazing world they live in!!

VIVIAN THAN

Activities Manager

Lead STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School