LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A 12-year-old boy in North Carolina who used the downtime he had during the pandemic to take on a few extra classes is getting ready to graduate from both high school and college — in the same week.
Mike Wimmer, of Salisbury, completed four years of school in one year — two years of high school and a two-year associate’s degree.READ MORE: LA County Continues To See COVID-19 Surge, Doctor Says Not Getting Vaccine Reckless
No better way to introduce my newest venture, HORIZON OS, than at my high school science fair! I am excited for the future and the tremendous potential this OS has in changing the lives of so many. Finding my way to change the world! #STEM #sciencefair #changetheworld. pic.twitter.com/dLdR4NTiVm
— Mike Wimmer (@Mike_aighost) December 6, 2019
Wimmer, who has an interest in robotics, tells CNN that he’s “the math and science guy.” He’s always had an affinity for technology — he got his first iPad when he was 18 months old and wondered how it worked.
He learned almost all of his programming and robotic knowledge through trial and error and online videos, according to his website, Next Era Innovations, his first startup.
He also created a second tech startup company, called Reflect Social, which “combines popular social media platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, providing a new dynamic social experience,” according to its website.READ MORE: 2 Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On 91 Freeway In Long Beach
A 12-year-old in North Carolina used the downtime he had during the pandemic to take on a few extra classes in school.
Now, one year later, Mike Wimmer is getting ready to graduate high school and college — in the same week. https://t.co/DyGTuxdDbw
— CNN (@CNN) April 28, 2021
“My entrepreneurial goal is to build technology that enables people to live better lives,” he says.
As for what’s next, Wimmer is considering various job offers in-and-out of the U.S., additional schooling or a fellowship that would let him focus on Reflect Social.
In the meantime, Wimmer wants people to know that he still makes time for normal kid activities, such as playing basketball and building Legos.MORE NEWS: Hundreds Line Streets Outside Van Nuys Post Office For Passport Fair
“A lot of people think I’ve given up my childhood or somehow lost it,” he says, “and I say to them that I’m having the time of my life.”