St. Clair’s smartest kid?

Pro­gram­ming wun­derkind is on Canada’s Smartest Per­son Ju­nior by Darcy Stre­it­en­feld

Bayview Post - - Kids -

Ma­teus Soto may seem to be an av­er­age, video game–lov­ing 11year-old, but it’s his keen in­tel­lect and im­pres­sive ar­ray of skills in piano, ro­bot­ics and com­puter pro­gram­ming that truly set him apart from the crowd.

This fall, as a com­peti­tor on CBC’s for the rea­son you’d think. He uses the tools he finds in or­der to take apart and re­make house­hold items. The end re­sult is of­ten ac­tual work­ing ro­bots.

Vi­vian Soto, his mom, notes that her son has been known to take apart a toaster or two, but it’s hard to be any­thing but in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive when your son shows this much prom­ise.

“As long as he doesn’t make too much of a mess,” Vi­vian adds play­fully. It started with a video game video game, spawned a pas­sion for com­puter cod­ing and pro­gram­ming. And with the help of CoderDogo, a vol­un­teer-led col­lec­tive ded­i­cated to fos­ter­ing a love of cod­ing, Ma­teus is now a rel­a­tive mas­ter in com­puter pro­gram­ming. An ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion Film­ing the show was some of the most fun Ma­teus has ever had.

“You could see it all over his face,” says Vi­vian. “Ev­ery day he would come home so happy.”

“It’s not like school, no of­fence to school,” Ma­teus adds cheek­ily. “I knew ev­ery time I would go to film that it’s al­ways go­ing be good and fun no mat­ter what!”

Through this in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, Ma­teus has gained enough mem­o­ries to last a life­time and a net­work of friends from all over Canada who are still light­ing up their pri­vate con­tes­tants-only group chat on the daily. A bright fu­ture ahead In the fu­ture, Ma­teus wants to pur­sue ro­bot­ics en­gi­neer­ing, while still keep­ing his op­tions open to com­puter pro­gram­ming and piano, of course. Did we men­tion that this in­cred­i­ble young man is also a clas­si­cally trained pi­anist, hav­ing re­ceived first class hon­ours for his play­ing and the­ory?

Surely any­thing is pos­si­ble for this de­cid­edly spe­cial kid. Be sure to catch him, along with the whole co­hort of young Ein­steins, on CBC, Wed., Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.

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