11-year-old West University boy building, selling computers for children


Inside Ethan Saadia's West University bedroom, he talked about a problem facing the country. He spoke of the looming shortage of talented workers in the technology sector. Saadia sees education as the solution.

"We are living in a digital age where technology is everywhere. It is important especially for kids to learn how it works," the 11-year old said. "People think technology is hard and intimidating, but really it's not."

The fifth grader at Shlenker School started "PCs for Me." His parents, Ilan and Danielle Saadia, supported the idea.

"When he came to me and said, 'Hey I want to do something, I want a project, I want to start something,' I said let's brainstorm and let's start it, let's do it," Ilan Saadia said.

His mother said the skills can prove valuable for young children.

"We have so many jobs in this country where we actually need people in those fields," Danielle Saadia said. "But we don't have enough people in the United States to field those jobs."

Parents and teachers can log on to Ethan's sit and buy a kit. The young go-getter explained he's not doing it for the money. He stressed it can help students in the critical STEM area. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. As for his future, Saadia has already set the bar pretty high.

"I want to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company," said Ethan.

Computer kits start at about $400. For more information, Ethan's website is www.pcsforme.com.

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