This Young Kumon Reading Program Completer is an Aspiring Computer Engineer
Kyler, 13, Level M Math, Reading Program Completer
Two years ago, and at just 11-years-old, Kyler completed the Kumon Reading Program, which ends with analyzing Shakespeare. Now, he’s just a few levels away from successfully completing the Kumon Math Program as well. Considering he’s only in the 8th grade and is working on trigonometry, it’s not surprising that Kyler is far above his peers. But to him, he is just paving the way for his aspiration of one day becoming a computer engineer.
“I enjoy working with the software side of computers and want to share my love of it with the world,” said Kyler.
He particularly enjoys challenging math problems, and credits Kumon for keeping his brain sharp and focused.
Outside of the classroom, Kyler is an accomplished violinist in the school orchestra, and practices piano in his spare time at home. He also recently took on a new challenge with working on a robotics team to compete in the FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge (FLL). The FLL seeks bright young students to research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and develop a solution. The solutions developed by teams include basic STEM applications, critical thinking, presentation skills, and creativity.
Kyler’s natural competitive spirit and passion for STEM, has lead him to compete in the Verizon AppChallenge. Verizon Innovative Learning created the annual App challenge along with the Technology Student Association and the MIT Media Lab, to inspire young students with STEM aspirations, and provide a hands-on learning experience. In 2016, Kyler’s team made it all the way to the top 10 in the entire U.S. with an App that helps musicians practice more efficiently.
Kyler’s hard work has not gone unnoticed, having been one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Kyler about his Kumon journey thus far.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Kumon has given me the intellectual advantage in the classroom to succeed and stay ahead. It also boosts my confidence in my academic studies. I also appreciate having a great and patient Kumon Instructor who encourages me.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
Success. I chose success because Kumon has helped me strive to succeed in everything I do.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon has taught me to not fall behind on my assignments and stick with a problem without giving up.
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
It made me proud to be one of the students representing my branch. It has given me a lifelong experience and memory where I met so many new friends who enjoy Kumon just as much as I do.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
Even if you get frustrated and feel like you want to give up, keep going because it’s going to pay off in the long run.