As Cesar Batres builds his remote control boat, he accidently moves the batteries to the left instead of the right, and then…
But let’s backtrack a little first.
Batres, a 7th grader at Red Oak Middle School, has been building since he was 6, when he first developed a passion for it.
“I like to build and do experiments,” he said. “I build after school, before school, Sunday, Saturday. I build whenever I get the chance to.”
In the past, Batres has even built a BB gun, which took three years. In the future, he wants to build a remote control helicopter and eventually get a career in building.
“I want to be a creator. I want to be a car builder or an engineer,” he said.
Although Batres loves to build, his friends are more interested in video games.
“I don’t like video games,” he said. “They just aren’t fun to me.”
Over the summer, Batres finally finished building his iPhone-sized remote control boat that took him a year to construct. It’s made out of some wood, but mostly melted plastic, and it’s his greatest accomplishment.
“When I was building the remote control boat, I moved the batteries to the left instead of the right,” he said. “So there was an explosion because of too much heat. Building can be dangerous sometimes.”
MORE ABOUT CESAR
Moved from California to Red Oak when he was 4
Favorite subject is math “because it corresponds with building”
Hates loud noises
Was once almost hit by a drunk driver when he was riding his bike
His mom and dad are the most important people in his life