ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The Robbinsville Township Council took a break from considering the more traditional aspects of local government Thursday to hear a presentation on app development, coding, and education through technology.
Introducing Avyay Kaushik was Council President Ron Witt who said that he was “blown away” by the speaker’s resume which includes numerous awards and recognition; the ability to speak two languages, as well as write and develop code in several others; and life experience having lived in three different continents.
More locally, Avyay is known as a nine-year old third grade student at Pond Road Middle School.
Ayvay was invited to speak about the the apps he’s developed -- Alph Kids and Art of Math. Released via iTunes in 2017 and 2018, respectively, the apps have been downloaded more than 100,000 times worldwide.
Avi's father, Kislay Kausik, spoke with TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville about this young entrepreneur.
"Even as a young boy, Avi was always fascinated by devices. When we would be shopping in the mall, he would go to the Apple store and look at the new devices rather than go to Toys R' Us," said Kausik
While often self-taught by watching online classes, Avi had a teacher in second grade who encouraged him, and family members who guided him by providing feedback as he was creating the Apps.
"It’s just incredible the impact that young folks can have and what this young man is active with in his early life is just incredible. To think that this is homegrown fostered talent, just makes the council really proud,” Witt added at council presentation.
Avi would like to work for a company like Apple or Google someday, he said. But, for now, he's mentoring younger kids to teach them how to program robots and is thinking about launching more apps in the future to help kids with disabilities or struggling with loneliness.
When he's not focused on learning new technology platforms or working on his YouTube channel, "Tech is Easy as 1, 2, 3." Avi plays the guitar, enjoys traveling and trying new foods.
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