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Cal Farley’s youth returned to present projects in annual ‘maker faire’

Cal Farley’s youth returned to present projects in annual ‘maker faire’

AMARILLO – Youth from Cal Farley’s flagship campus presented their technological skills Saturday at a nationally sponsored event created to feature the contributions made to society through technological innovation.

Participating in their second year, youth in Cal Farley’s Community-as-Lab program displayed some of their projects at the Barnes & Noble Mini-Maker Faire from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the bookseller’s Amarillo location at 2415 Soncy Road. The faire continued on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Developed in 2010, Community-as-Lab is a program that helps Cal Farley’s young people gain hands-on knowledge, expanding on ideas they have learned in the classroom and applying it to real-world projects. C.A.L. learning labs subjects are as diverse as rocketry, 3-D design and robotics.

“In Community-as-Lab, we remove barriers to learning by creating fun science, technology and engineering experiences where youth can engage in creativity and exploration,” said Keely Miller, director of Cal Farley’s Experiential Learning Program.

Important to the program is the emphasis that is placed on letting youth choose their learning projects based on their personal interests. By doing so, youth become more engaged in their activities and learn how their unique talents can contribute to a larger community.

Some of the projects Cal Farley’s residents displayed this weekend included:

  • 3-D fabrication – woodworking projects made with a CNC machine and a 3-D printer.
  • Picture display of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch’s tiny-house project
  • Remote-operated vehicles
  • More amazing cutting-edge projects!

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