Carson Taylor - Georgia Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination by Angela Spires Photography by TayAsh Photography Issue 36 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Carson Taylor is 17 year old senior at Bacon County High School. He is a member and officer of the TSA club, Excel Club, STEM Club, plays tennis and works for the Bacon County Board of Education in the IT department. Carson is currently a sophomore at South Georgia State College (duel enrollment) where he is set to graduate with an associates degree in computer science December 2020 during his senior year of high school. After graduation he plans to pursue a bachelors degree in networking. Carson is a hard working young man who sets high goals and does not rest until he reaches them.
Photography by TayAsh Photograph
What inspired you to want to get into the stem field? I have always loved anything STEM related. I felt like joining the STEM club would give me the opportunity to excel in the technology field of study.
How do you balance all the clubs you are a part of and your schooling? Balancing the clubs and school is challenging I make myself a schedule and budget out my time accordingly.
What is it like working for the Bacon County Board of Education IT department? I absolute LOVE my job!! I get to work at all 4 schools. Daily I could do anything from replacing a keyboard on a Chromebook, hooking up computers or G2 boards for teachers to running internet cables in the ceilings of the school.
Photography by TayAsh Photograph
Tell me more about the TSA club you are an officer for. What do you do in this club? TSA stand for Technology Student Association. In this club I work with the advisor to live stream our local high school athletic games/matches (when I am not participating) for people to watch who can not attend. We also compete each year in Athens, Ga in a technology competition.
What are some goals that you have for your future? Why did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in networking? My future goal will include some sort of extra schooling. After graduation from High School/College, I will plan on doing one of two thing: 1 – Attend my local community college and obtain a second associates degree in networking to go along with my associates in computer science or 2 – finish getting my bachelor’s degree.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished, and how did you do it? The hardest thing that I ever had to accomplish was probably becoming the person I am today. I am true to myself and others and that is all that matters.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? The advice I would give someone who wants to be where I am today is to set your goals, work hard and never give up. It is not going to be easy, but if you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes to achieve it!!
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? I see myself in 5 years finished with all my college degrees and working either where I am now for the Bacon County Board of Education or for our local telephone company, ATC, in the networking department.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? My favorite activity or pastime that was not in my nomination would probably be playing baseball.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I realized that I liked editing photographs. I was playing around on the computer edited a picture of one of my friends. My grandmother asked me to edit an old photo of my Big Pa. I was able to take a back and white photo and bring it to life with color.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? Keeping myself organized can be a challenge. I have a dry erase board that I like to write down what I need to do. 3 Things on your bucket list Going to Alaska Fishing in a major fishing tournament Building my own home
Who do you find inspiring? The person I find inspiring is my mother. She works hard to make sure that I am taken care of. She is my best friend I know I can always go to. She inspires me to work as hard as I can to achieve my goal just like her.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I feel like I inspire others to work hard and achieve their goals in life
Carson will be featured in issue 36 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Interview with Malavika Vivek By Talya Slezak and Grace Kelly
Bridging the Gender Gap in Tech
1. What was the inspiration for starting your organization? As an eight grader, I made the decision to go to a STEM focused high school after discovering my passion for technology. One of the things that really pushed me to go to this school was the prospect of finding a community of girls who were passionate about the same things I loved that I could go with to tech competitions and conferences. However, I soon found that a lot of my female peers viewed tech as an unwelcoming field and were disinterested in attending events that they thought would be male-dominated. This led to me asking the question: where is the community? Girls Make Apps was created after my cofounder (also a high school woman in tech) and I discussed how creating free accessible programs would work to create a positive first experience in tech for girls while building a more inclusive culture in the industry.
2. How has the program been beneficial to you or other girls involved? The program has been really beneficial and just a huge learning experience for me. When we started in 2016, I had no idea of what response to expect from our middle school participants. In our first camp, an eight-week program that combine android app development and social impact, I was blown away by the creativity and brilliance of these middle school girls. They have really taught me that anyone can make change happen if they are passionate about it. Girls Make Apps has really benefited these girls too by giving them an opportunity to discover their passion for tech. We really hope that girls from our camps leave inspired and knowing that they are capable of anything.
3. Why would you encourage young girls to become interested in science, math or technology?
Science, math and technology are more than just the future; they are fields with so many opportunities for success. At Girls Make Apps, we strive to show girls the many facets of technology and how it can be applied to virtually any field, from fashion to cinema. There is a really a world of possibilities in STEM and it is the perfect route for young girls to further their natural curiosity and create an impact on the world around them.
4. How can girls become involved? Girls can become involved through any of the great, free resources available on the internet today. Using websites like Code.org and Made With Code, anyone can start learning how to code in just a few hours. Participating in the computer science classes offered at your school or joining an after school tech club are all great ways to start learning as well. Lastly, find out more about Girls Make Apps events in your area or donate to our cause at girlsmakeapps.org.