Hometown Heroes: Noah Sandles

Posted at: 06/24/2013 8:04 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com


Noah Sandles, 14, teaches preschoolers how to build robots.

It may be the middle of summer break , but for one Albuquerque teen, learning comes in the form of teaching and it doesn't stop even when school's out. He's teaching preschoolers how to build robots and he's this week's Hometown Hero.

"I'm really interested in robotics and building stuff," said Noah Sandles, a 14-year old sharing his passion with the kids at Tomasita Elementary Schools' child care center.

"I like to build airplanes a lot. Like the Boeing, like their Dreamliners. I thought I could make something new from the Dreamliner," he said.

His dream is to be an aerospace engineer, but he hasn't always had that dream... Noah has autism.

"He's gone from being almost afraid of mathematics to being an 'A' student," said Debra Johns, a teacher with the University of New Mexico’s pre-college Saturday Science & Math Academy. "From 3rd grade to 9th grade, Noah has grown tremendously, he's become more verbal, he's become more interactive with the students."

Johns says Noah has a knack for robotics and loves helping people.

"They never did robotics before, so I think I should excite them a little bit," Noah said. "Teenagers can do great things in their lives, extraordinary things when they grow up."

Johns says Noah is a true hero, surpassing expectations and helping others by sharing his passion.

"He wants to better mankind, he wants to better students. He wants to be helpful in any way that he can, and he does. He does many great things." she said.

"I just like to see them grow up and become the greatest civilians when they become adults,"Noah said.

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