HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. — A little girl in Happy Valley is making waves in the world of virtual reality. She's already developing programs at nine years old.
“My mommy and daddy started doing games so I wanted to do them too,” said 9-year-old Yeva.
Thursday is International Day of the Girl, and KGW is introducing you to a family who's made it their mission to get more girls and women involved in the tech industry.
If her age isn’t impressive enough, little Yeva actually started learning how to code at 5-years-old.
On Thursday, we caught up with Yeva as she was playing with her virtual reality headset.
“Just inside a spaceship,” she said as she looked around.
The fully immersive experience allows her to interact in a virtual space and learn.
But she doesn’t just play with virtual reality games, she also builds things in VR.
Earlier this year she asked mom and dad to build her a rock wall.
“But we don't have a place for a rock wall so she said, ‘I know. I'm going to do it in VR then I can climb anytime I want,” said Yeva’s mom, Angela Patterson.
“I just builded a rock wall so I could climb in virtual reality,” Yeva said.
It was a win-win as far as mom, Angela is concerned. Yeva dipped her toes into the world of a virtual reality developer and her parents didn’t have to actually build a rock wall in their house.
Yeva built the VR rock wall and submitted it to the 'Doodle-4-Google' competition in March.
These days she's busy helping her parents build a program called, ‘vCoder.’
“[It] is the very first computer science app designed to teach coding in VR,” said Yeva’s mom. Patterson and her husband own Beach Day Studios, which is making the educational app.
Now, it looks like Yeva's sister, Nora who's now 5-years-old, is following in her big sister's footsteps. She's already learning to code.
“I'm so proud of them,” said Patterson. “Yeva's always had a mission to help children in some way.”
Patterson hopes Yeva will use her skills to help attract more girls to learn how to code.
“They should learn about it so they can start coding too cause it's an important thing,” said Yeva.
Both of Yeva's parents are developers, so they help her along the way.
Yeva's next goal is to make an underwater virtual reality program so she can swim whenever she wants.