Kameron NelsonCTY Scholar Kameron Nelson brought his A-game to a recent Minority Day event hosted by Microsoft. In one productive afternoon, the 15-year-old ninth grader from Alexandria, Va., wowed judges with a charismatic sales pitch, won an essay competition, and possibly landed a summer internship.

Microsoft hosts Minority Day events around the country to inspire students from diverse backgrounds to explore careers in STEM, and Kameron was one of 100 students invited to the Washington, D.C. event this year. Invitees were asked to submit an essay exploring what technology will look like in 2050.  

“Kameron’s enthusiasm in his response and his vision for technological advancements in energy, the home, agriculture, medicine, and cybercrime really stood out from the other submissions,” said Melinda Moyo of Microsoft.

He also wowed judges during a Shark Tank-like challenge when he introduced himself and asked them a series of thought-provoking questions before presenting his team’s ideas for a bracelet that would connect teenage drivers’ vital signs to their cars.

This summer, Kameron is excited about studying Game Theory at CTY Santa Cruz. He’ll also coach a youth soccer team and continue developing his concept for indestructible soccer cleats. He’s also holding out hope for that Microsoft internship.

“I just love every aspect of engineering,” Kameron said. “I would love to be able to wake up every morning and build things.”

Kameron with Mayo

Kameron with Microsoft’s Melinda Moyo and the Surface Pro 4 tablet he won in the essay competition.