Grace Shao

Georgia Tech University
Class of 2026

Grace’s parents are immigrants from Fuzhou, China. Since her parents work long hours at their restaurant, Grace learned how to take care of herself and her younger sister by learning to cook, doing housework, and working as a hostess and tutor to support her family. Feeling a disconnect from her parents’ language, she strived to learn Chinese as the President of Chinese club, implementing Chinese tutoring for struggling students, and learning Chinese abroad as a NSLIY student. Grace shares her love of learning Chinese with her community by leading lessons online as a student assistant for Wofford College’s Startalk program. She learned to develop games in Unity as a dual enrollment student at Gwinnett Technical College. While staying late nights at the college’s computer labs because she didn’t have her own, she relentlessly learned game development and entered Unity games into competitions such as the Games for Change student challenge. Grace also has experience with AI startups as an intern of Omniscient Labs, an IT startup that builds AI to track combat planes from satellite images. Grace is passionate in sparking the love of computer science and game development in young girls that have limited opportunities. As the secretary of Girls Who Code, she teaches python to local middle and high school girls. Grace also teaches video game development part-time to kids K-12 as a Whiz Learning Kids instructor. She hopes to start her own non-profit some day to spark the love of game development in young kids, particularly to kids that have limited access to high level software.

Leadership:

  • Computer Science Club, Secretary
  • Chinese Club, President
  • Whiz Learning Kids, Game Development Instructor