CECFC(Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins)
was founded in 2012 as a tuition-free, open enrollment public charter high school. Our mission is to ensure that each student, regardless of background or skill level, will have the opportunity to pursue a growth mindset that will allow them to achieve mastery and to demonstrate that they can succeed in school, in college, and in their chosen career. No exceptions. No excuses.
What impact has your project had in your community?
Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins offers a variety of classes, clubs, and workshops that are geared towards career readiness and promoting making in education. As a school we offer geometry in construction, woodworking, entrepreneurship, science of skateboarding, CAD, construction, applied technology, robotics and textiles. By involving our students in these hands-on, real-world applications of classroom concepts, they are gaining knowledge, confidence, and experience in unique disciplines they are interested in pursuing. We provide our students with a space to explore their passions in an environment that they can be themselves and thrive. As a school, we are empowering our community of students to pursue their dreams and as a result, providing the overall community with educated, capable employees.
Has being involved in the Maker Faire helped you previously or what are you looking forward to if this is your first faire?
This is our first year at the event but we are excited to share our passion for making and hopefully inspire others to incorporate more hands on learning in education.
What is the backstory to your project?
Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins recognized the growth that was occurring in our school and moved into a new building two years ago. An important aspect of our new facility was to have room for our students to explore their creativity and work with their hands. This came to fruition in our Innolab, which is a 6,000 square foot space that houses a CNC Mill, laser printer, wood working equipment, 3-D printers and sewing equipment. In two years CECFC has launched a variety of cross-disciplinary programs that incorporate the use of the Innolab, including science of skateboarding, entrepreneurship and geometry in construction.