He helps young Maker Scholars build their own computers
When he was 14, he mowed lawns for six months to save up the money.
As soon as he had the cash in hand, Jason Rose was on his way to building his own computer.
“I wanted to play the game Half Life 2, so I needed a video gaming machine,” Jason recalls. “And that’s what I built.”
He hasn’t looked back since. Today, Jason is a computer engineer for a company making high-powered servers. Just as important, he mentors young Maker Scholars at Decatur Makers, serving as the guiding force for the Preteen PC Build Club.
“We meet every month,” Jason says. “There’s a wide range of skills in the group, but they’re all really interested in learning about computers. That curiosity, plus the skills they pick up, will make them successful later in life.”
The club members are ages 8 to 12 – “much younger than I was when I started” – and Jason introduces them to individual components and their function. He also helps the young builder become savvy about how to handle parts.
Twelve-year-old Niles Holt is one Maker Scholar. ”I’m impressed with the amount of understanding Niles has at his age,” Jason says. “He’s very willing to help out other kids. And he was the one who kick-started the class in the first place. His motivation is very impressive.”
Jason has equally high praise for Decatur Makers and the Maker Scholar program.
“It’s amazing how willing everybody is to help people learn new skills,” he says. “At the size we’re operating, even small amounts of money make a tremendous impact. It really helps to have funds available for both scholarships and resources in the shop.”