Karlston Martin, a software test engineer for Cox Automotive and a certified commercial pilot, proves that he’s full STEAM ahead by volunteering his time mentoring youth at Atlanta’s Fulton County Airport.
Martin views STEAM, which unites Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics education, as a creative and practical way of teaching kids the importance of technology, outside of the classroom.
“I volunteer at the local airport on the weekends teaching ground training and flight instruction to youth,” he said. “They have programs focusing on aerospace, aviation and aeronautical engineering. I really enjoy volunteering there in my free time.”
Martin has been with Cox Automotive for almost five years and was glad to find an organization that aligned with his passions, personal values and beliefs. He started volunteering at his local Boys & Girls Club at a young age and understands the impact that STEAM will have on the next generation, especially in underserved communities.
“I have always had a passion for community outreach, it runs in my family,” Martin said. “Being a minority, I don’t see a lot of 'me' in technology or in aviation. I want to be one of those individuals that help increase that presence within STEAM."
When it comes to Cox’s efforts in STEAM, he is proud to work for a company that believes that no barriers should hold back any person from greatness.
“It all goes back to mentoring,” Martin said. “STEAM programs help prepare the next generation for the future and provide opportunities to discover the diamonds in the rough in underserved communities.”
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