August 9, 2016

Michael Cha


ICAS Intern

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Michael Cha has been appointed ICAS Intern , effective immediately.

Michael Cha is a rising sophomore with Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Michael was born and grew up in North Wales Pennsylvania. Since the age of 2, he has practiced Martial Arts starting with Tae Kwon Do and then two sword arts. Until the end of 6th grade, he was never pushed nor particularly expected to study. Then, Michael was banned from electronic games, which led to his newfound interest in puzzles. Since 7th grade, he has solved and recorded videos of many different 3-dimensional puzzles starting with the regular Rubik’s Cube. At around the same time, Michael became involved in Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program. Through this opportunity, he took the SAT and STB (Spatial Test Battery) in middle school, and from qualifying scores received several scholarships to nearby universities and colleges. Michael spent them all over the next few years taking many of college courses and then entered high school. Afterwards, he got accepted into Amherst College in 2015. At the end of his freshman year, he got the urge to make games, which led him to learn how to use Unity, a game making software, to build electronic games, a few of which are now on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Currently, Michael is doing an internship at Humantelligence, a new company focusing on business relations and the hiring process.

He also is a 4th degree black belt Tae Kwon Do master instructor.

Michael has been an ICAS Volunteer and earned a Winner Qualifier with Honourable Mention in 2011 of the ICAS Youth Fellowship Award Contest with his work on "Stem Cells Research and Nanotechnology ".

Michael has been a member of the ICAS Youth Excellence Program since 2011.

Thank you.