George C. Marshall HS
Class of 2023
Class of 2023
Enthusiastic, highly-motivated student with proven leadership capabilities, who likes to take initiative and seek out new challenges. More than 5 years of practical experience in creating and delivering innovative STEM seminars to adult educators and MS/HS students. Technical proficiencies include introductory robotics and cybersecurity. Creative problem solver with proven team-oriented skills.
Leighton Redditt is a senior at George C. Marshall High School. Leighton started participating in the STEM Impressionists Program (SIP) in 2017 when he joined the program’s VEX robotics team in order to explore his interests in the field of robotics and engineering.
The VEX team opportunity gave Mr. Redditt the opportunity to lead the engineering team that inevitably built multiple robots in addition to being part of the team that won multiple regional VEX awards and was acknowledged with a team “Energy” award at the VEX Virginia state robotics competition. Inspired by his experience he extended his skills by attending the team’s field trip to VEX Words, where he was a competition volunteer, a summer VEX training session, and a VEX judging training session.
Part of SIP’s mission is to support underrepresented minorities in STEM. Leighton has taken the concept of “paying it forward” by volunteering to teach younger generations the power of robotics through VEX IQ, creating lesson plans that support children in getting hands-on experience with raw engineering and STEM fundamentals, and jumping at the chance to teach at events like George Mason’s Inaugural Global Scholars Program (GSSP).
Mr. Redditt is populating his last year in high school with math and technology classes that will prepare him for the rigors of college as an aspiring roboticist. He is excited when he reads about breakthroughs in the use of robotics like robotic servers in restaurants or construction sites. His long-term goal is to collaborate with the likes of NASA engineers and work on projects like robots exploring Saturn himself.
My journey in SIP has given me the opportunity to teach my experiences with children. Seeing the next generation have the same gleam in their eyes as I once originally did, it’s all that I could ever want. My need for working with my hands is never satisfied, I’ve put cell phones together by hand, coded programs for robots, all with the goal of achieving greater things. Mx. DeHart along with others has helped me understand more about myself, my strengths and weaknesses, and my goals, helping me direct myself in the right direction to achieve those goals and then some. SIP has given me the ability to reveal my true passions and release my efforts into fields I’d otherwise have a difficult time understanding. With my platform of knowledge, and determination to make something great, I have a plan to make our world a smarter, more efficient, and overall better world that we all share.