From building a go-kart to an airplane that actually flies, STEAM fuels future career passions

How did you get involved in building STEAM projects?

I’ve always liked science, math, engineering, architecture, mechanics, and really just building stuff. I used to build rockets with my Dad from hobby craft kits that we launched at my grandpa’s farm. Then I started going to workshops at Roots 2 STEM where I learned electrical skills and programming. Their gigantic lab gave me a specific place to explore my interests.  The first thing I built was a remote controlled robot rover with a 3D printed mechanical arm.  

What have you learned by working on STEAM projects?

I’ve been lucky enough to have a few mentors like Dean White, co-founder of Roots 2 STEM, and a bunch of mechanical engineers who have been really helpful and inspiring. The advice they gave me was I could do anything I want.

Has this experience taught you related skills or helped with your current school work?

I’ve learned a lot of programming, and it’s helped with mathematical equations. Group projects have also improved my skills at working on teams.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I built an aeroplane out of foam board by scratch. It took 4 attempts (the first three crashed), but it flies perfectly. When I’m older, I’d like to mentor younger kids. I also want to take physics and aerospace in University and work towards becoming an aerospace engineer.

What advice would you give to students who want to get involved in technological projects?

When people think about STEM, they think it’s just about robots, but there are other areas as well such as architecture. I see a lot of kids building houses out of foam boards and working with plants to make self-sustaining ecosystems. The possibilities are endless!