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The Future of STEM: A Peak Into the Mind of Justin Shaifer aka 'Mr. Fascinate'

Justin Shaifer
1) When was the first time you touched a computer?

I first touched a computer around age 6. It was a Windows 98 computer- hideous and clunky by today's standards, but it was love at first site.

2) Who is your hero and why?

My hero is my mother. She raised me by herself on the south side of Chicago, and showed me, through example, how much grit and perseverance is necessary to achieve goals. In between layoffs and economic crises, she worked hard to ensure that I always had everything I needed.

3) What is the most important piece of advice you would give to young people today?

Do real work before you get caught up in social media hype. So many people want to gain followers, but it's more important to be a well-rounded person who is doing things in the real world. Be influential before you try to be an influencer.

4) What is your favorite quote and by whom?

"Vision without Execution is hallucination" - unknown

5) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would choose to have unlimited energy. This would allow me to execute 100% of the ideas I have.

6) What's one piece of tech that you couldn't live without?
I cannot live without my desktop PC. It is my hub for everything from designing cartoons to creating voice overs to responding to emails. I frequently swap out parts and upgrade it as needed!

7) Technology is: ________________ 
Technology is inspiring, yet oppressive. Life saving, yet threatening. World-changing, or useless. Technology's power comes from those who wield it.