In the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, great opportunities await STEM students. We understand how valuable STEM fields are to our nation’s growth, and that is why we made it our mission to cultivate students’ passion for these fields. We also organized the annual Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders to gather the country’s top students.
Meet Michael Durant, a remarkable Congress delegate with a passion for science.
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Intrigued by Science
Michael is a student from Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. To him, science has always been intriguing. He is fond of observing scientific experiments and theorizing its outcome.
For Michael, experiments are exciting because the results can be surprising. “There are times when you think you can predict the results,” he said. “But then they will turn out different from what you expected.”
And it is for this reason why science has always fascinated him.
Making History at The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Congress
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— Neil Harris (@NeilHar06553910) July 27, 2018
Michael made history by joining the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. This is because he is the first student from his high school to attend the annual event.
As the Academy’s Science Director, Nobel Prize winner Dr. John C. Mather signed Michael’s nomination to attend the Congress. He chose Michael not only because of his passion for science but also for his exceptional academic performance and leadership potential.
Michael said that he was “not expecting the nomination,” but his interest was piqued when he found out who the Congress speakers were. He realized that this was his chance to meet people who are changing and helping the world.
He also knows the important role his generation plays in the future of science and technology. Michael said, “In the future, I and my peers will be the ones who will make discoveries. We’ll be the ones who will lead breakthroughs.”
Lessons Learned from the Congress
During the SciTechLeaders event, Michael listened to talks from award-winning individuals. From scientific researches to the progress made in science and tech, there was no shortage of interesting topics.
Congress delegates were also inspired by their peers, who have made breakthroughs at a young age. One example is Jack Andraka. He devised a diagnostic test to detect pancreatic cancer. And he achieved this feat while he was still a teenager.
At the Congress, Michael finally met Dr. Mather. He even chatted with him and the Academy’s Executive Director, Richard Rossi. Even after the Congress was over, one lesson from Richard stuck to Michael’s mind.
As Richard told the delegates, they have to embrace the failures they go through. And even if things don’t go as planned, it still doesn’t mean it’s the end. The silver lining is that there is always something you can go back to and improve on to be better.
Plans for the Future
Michael is finishing up his high school education at Nativity BVM High School. As he gears up for college, he is already scouting for schools to apply to. As of now, his top career choices are cybersecurity and engineering.
No matter which path he chooses to take, Michael can still create a positive impact through his passion for science.
The Congress is an exciting event where STEM students can learn together. Check out this video from SciTechLeaders to get a glimpse of the Congress experience:
The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is more than a membership organization. It is where students can gather and learn together, such as in an event like the Congress. It is where they can receive guidance and inspiration to pursue the STEM career they want. And most of all, it is where they can be themselves and find their tribe.
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