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KJ's Kids: 12th grader develops medical software

Posted at 9:01 AM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 09:01:58-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - School is in session - it's time for KJ's Kids, where local students shine in STEM.

Meet Kian Moretz from Cape Henry Collegiate. The high school senior is developing high-tech software for the real world.

“And they brought me on to this new project building software to help create a new company to treat sleep apnea with telemedicine,“ explained Moretz.

Kian can even remember having a knack for technology in elementary school.

“I started on this at a fairly young age. I’ve been doing software development work since I was in fourth, fifth grade," said Moretz.

Since then, he's gained confidence from helping some no- so-tech-savvy teachers. Now, he's developing software that will help doctors diagnose and treat people with sleeping problems from the comfort of their home.

“I’ve been doing all the technology work, so I built our entire software system. And I’ve been working on some of the aspects of building out the business as well. The doctors are going to be doing all the medical work. They’re going to be shipping out the physical sleep tests,” said Moretz.

When asked how he could encourage other kids to not be intimidated by STEM education, here's what he said.

“I think part of it is realizing technology is a tool. It is something you control. You’re the one in charge of it. Knowing how it works allows you to be more easily capable of doing what you want with it.”

Related: KJ's Kids: Meet this local 6th grader with remarkable math skills

S is for science, T is for technology, E is for engineering and M is for mathematics.

If your child is interested in STEM, email us at pics@wtkr.com with their photo and contact information. Keep learning!