It’s Not Words. It’s Action.
I can’t put into words exactly how it feels to spend late evenings with teams imagining, designing, building, fixing, trying and trying again.
But let me tell you what I’ve seen.
The school where I volunteer is bursting with brilliant kids. They have the skills and aptitude to become some of the world’s finest engineers and scientists, makers and creators. But what they don’t always have is support – someone who can open doors and open their eyes to opportunities.
Some students spend hours on public transit and they do it without fail because they are part of something bigger. Someone believes in their future so they do, too. If mentors are not waiting at school for them, it’s easy to say “Not today.”
And that’s how we lose them.
I’ve now worked with hundreds of students, each special and unique — like Javion (you can see his story in the video in this blog).
Javion is bright, engaged and curious. He started in one area – the robot programming sub-team – and the next year jumped out of his comfort zone and dove into mechanical design, expanding skills, challenging himself, asking questions and never resting until he found the answers.