SARSEF Alumni of the Month
Jeremiah Pate- SARSEF’s Top ISEF Winner
You may have heard of Jeremiah Pate- winner of one of the top awards at ISEF, an entrepreneur who started his own company at 17, a representative at the UN… But what you may not know is that Jeremiah Pate started with SARSEF early, creating a project out of paper airplane designs in first grade to see which one would fly the furthest.
He entered every year…Not that he was rewarded at school for his dedication to his science fair projects. Neither elementary, middle nor high school provided Jeremiah with help on his projects, and he was actually discouraged from participating in high school because of the fear that it would take time away from tests.
“The only support I got was from SARSEF and the web of contact from SARSEF- never from the schools. SARSEF is really the only thing that added an experiential component – that allowed me to develop and to be an innovator. I knew I wanted to be in science and STEM, but before I was a cog in the machine – I never would have had that spark to change the world – that’s what SARSEF gave me. That exigency. There are big problems in the world, but you can solve those through science.”
Read more about Jeremiah’s Journey…
-Story by Julie Morrisson, Photo Courtesy of SSP