Home-schooler attends Congress for future scientists

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Attending a conference about science and technology helped Kaleb Miller take another step toward his career goals.

The home-schooled senior was chosen as a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, which took place last week on the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus.

The Congress, an honors-only program for the country’s top high school students who are aspiring to become scientists and technologists, was meant to “honor, inspire, motivate and direct” students who are passionate about science, technology and engineering to “stay true to their dream and ... provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal,” according to a press release.

“I wanted to participate in the Congress because I wanted to learn and meet some of the speakers who were at the Congress,” Miller, 18, said. “I enjoyed meeting and being around kids my age that like the same things as me.”

During the three-day event, the son of Shannon Nixon and Reggie Miller joined thousands of students to hear Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners speak about leading scientific research, receive advice from deans of the world’s top technology universities, listen to fellow teen science prodigies and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

“I learned about artificial intelligence, robots, the latest breakthroughs in science and technology, math and economics,” said Miller, who is interested in pursuing a career in computer technology. “I loved learning about the robots. I believe they are going to be a big part of the future very soon, and they are just very interesting to learn about and to see them in action.”

The Cartersville resident was nominated as a delegate from Georgia by Shree Bose, winner of the first Google Science Fair and academic director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, based on his ACT scores, academic achievements, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more nimble-minded and creative scientists and technologists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” academy Executive Director Richard Rossi said in the release. “Focused, bright and determined students like Kaleb Miller are our future, and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

The academy offers free services and programs for students who want to learn more about a possible future as a scientist or technologist, the release said.

Services and programs include online social networks where future scientists and technologists can communicate, opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by tech and science leaders and communications for parents and students about college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships and career guidance.