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12-Year-Old Boy Becomes Youngest Ever To Study Aerospace Engineering

by : Cameron Frew on : 13 Oct 2020 19:08
12-Year-Old Boy To Be Youngest Ever To Study Aerospace Engineering12-Year-Old Boy To Be Youngest Ever To Study Aerospace EngineeringCBS This Morning/YouTube

A 12-year-old boy is set to become the youngest student ever to study aerospace engineering at a Georgia university. 

Caleb Anderson vows that he isn’t smart. ‘I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster,’ he says.

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Despite such modesty, the young prodigy is due to be admitted to Georgia Tech after a year of studying at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta. He could have graduated in two years, but he’s ready for a new challenge.

Check out Caleb’s latest interview below: 

Caleb recently met with campus president Ángel Cabrera, where he was given a tour of the labs. He looked right at home, and the university’s staff are keen to bring him aboard.

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In an interview with CBS News, Professor Mark Costello, chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering, said: ‘He’s a perfect candidate to come into our program and be very successful… I would expect that he would be admitted, for sure.’

Caleb’s destiny as a child genius was clear early on. At just nine months old, he knew sign language, and by the age of two, he was doing fractions. He explained: ‘I have this distinct memory of going to a first grade class and learning there, and everyone was way taller than me, because, you know, I was two. I could barely walk.’

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However, middle school wasn’t kind to him, as the kids there ‘kind of looked down on me, they treated me like I was an anomaly… And I kind of am.’

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Not that he’s bothered by his intelligence. ‘This is my life. This is how I am. And I’ve been living this way my whole life,’ he added.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Life, Education, Georgia, University

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