Justin Shaifer, “Mr. Fascinate,” is enriching the minds of the younger generation.

The Southside Chicago, IL, native raised in a single-parent household is dedicating his life towards educating the youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“I was one of the kids that was really disengaged from STEM because it wasn’t really perceived as cool,” he told AFROTECH™ in an interview. “So it’s really important to engage your kids’ curiosities. Showing kids role models of people in STEM that look like them is a huge part of creating that intrinsic motivation that can make kids understand that a future in STEM is possible.”

Among his efforts includes Fascinate Media, which he founded in 2016 to create educational content using cutting-edge technologies such as 3D effects, virtual production, and Generative AI at his Los Angeles, CA-based studio space, Fascinate House, his LinkedIn mentions. His content has impacted millions and can be viewed on his social media and major networks such as PBS Digital Studios, ABC News, and Hulu, as well as through collaborations with companies including LinkedIn, Chevy, Nvidia, and Intuit. Passionate about fostering creativity, he also encourages children to consider creating their own content.

“A lot of kids now love to record. I would strongly encourage passionate kids to dedicate an entire channel or social profile to their scientific creations, ideas, and experiments,” he mentioned to AFROTECH™. “Kids have an abundance of creative energy that they just want to unleash on the world, and technology’s allowed that to be accessible. If a parent has a hyperactive kid and needs them to sit down and focus on something, the idea of building a brand behind their STEM or science page and continuously creating new content can help.”

AFROTECH™ Future 50

We acknowledge Shaifer as a Changemaker on our AFROTECH™ Future 50 list. He is recognized for his efforts in social impact and actively shaping a better future.

AFROTECH™ Future 50 honors Dynamic Investors, Future Makers, Corporate Catalysts, Visionary Founders, and Changemakers like Shaifer, who are actively creating a better world for tomorrow.

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