Sunday, February 21, 2010

Future Engineer

We have a future engineer in the family. Kaden has always been great at puzzles, legos, strategy games, and math. He beats everyone in chess, loves to play Risk, and is getting into Warhammer. When he began middle school, there were several after-school activities offered, so I encouraged him to join MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement club).

Friday, his MESA club had its first field trip. They went to an engineering career fair where they heard lectures and got to visit various booths sponsored by engineering companies. Part of the fun was collecting all the swag the companies gave out (pens, t-shirts, frisbees, lanyards), but Kaden's favorite thing was a magazine with articles about all the various engineering disciplines (mechanical, aerospace, robotics, architectural). He really likes robotics, but also likes the idea of inventing new things, like tiny spy "bugs". He's so excited about it and I couldn't be more thrilled. It's so great to find your passion early in life. And he certainly has the aptitude for it. We want to do all we can to encourage his interests, no matter what they are. And I'm hoping there's maybe a Stanford or MIT in his future!

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