Wendy Sandoval | Clip courtesy Microsoft

Video: Teenage El Paso inventor uses tech for good

As Microsoft’s TechSpark initiative celebrates its three year anniversary, the company is shining a light on inspiring partners and those creating economic opportunity in communities across America – including one very inventive, El Paso teen.

18-year-old Wendy Sandoval, a former Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) student from the Borderland.  TEALS is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that builds sustainable CS programs in high schools.

“Wendy tinkered with used parts from discarded electronics to create 3D-printed prosthetics for her best friend Shelly,” Microsoft officials shared.

“Today, she’s determined to continue using tech to change the world for the better, while ensuring young people have opportunities to create with technology—like she did.”

According to Microsoft, they focus on serving students excluded from learning CS because of race, gender, and geography.

“TEALS helps teachers learn to teach CS by pairing them with industry volunteers and proven curricula,” officials added.

View Wendy’s story above, and for more information on Microsoft’s TechSpark Initiative, click here.