Chances are, when you hear the name James Bond, your thoughts instantly turn to spies, cool cars, hi-tech gadgets and a certain tall and dashing, tuxedo-clad secret agent. But how often does that name leave you with thoughts of Atlanta Public Schools?
If you’ve called any APS phone number recently, you’ve probably made that connection. James Bond is the Cool Kid with the big voice customers now hear when they call district phone numbers. When callers are placed on hold, the fourth grader’s news updates keep them informed about what’s happening in the district.
James is excited to deliver the news for APS. “I like informing all the parents about the changes happening in the APS schools,” James says. But more importantly, he realizes that his news bites serve a purpose. “This is important, because it helps people so that they’ll be ready when it’s time to go back to school.”
When he’s not keeping parents informed, the straight-A student spends his time doing kid stuff. This summer James participated in a future space explorer program as part of Xanadu, the APS enrichment camp for gifted students. James learned a lot about rockets at Xanadu. But for him, the best part of the camp was combining those lessons with his creativity to build water and gunpowder rockets.
James is also a Lego enthusiast who can build just about anything with the miniature bricks. And his fascination with robots has prompted him to experiment and teach himself about the world of robotics.
This interest in design, construction and experimentation suggests that James’ future lies somewhere in science and technology. In fact, he says science is his favorite subject, and his professional goals include creating the first non-air propelled Hubber-craft.
James attends West Manor Elementary school, and has been an APS student since first grade.
Budding scientist and inventor James Bond is the APS Cool Kid for this week.