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Barrett at Sector 67: A Middle College Summer Work Experience

Barrett at Sector 67: A Middle College Summer Work Experience


[Silence] So my name is Chres Meyer and it’s
C-H-R-E-S M-E-Y-E-R. So it’s Chres Meyer. I started with Sector 67 about five years
ago. We have a lot of work space this year so there’s a machine shop, there’s
a wood shop, there’s a welding shop. We have a 3D printing lab, a laser cutter,
electronics workspace. A little bit of everything that’s here. We’re more or
less a community workshop, sort of like a gym club for people who like to
build stuff. So one thing that Barrett’s working on is a wire bender. So he’s able
to go in there, use a design from the internet that’s open source, means that they’ve shared all the instructions online and then we go through and try to get
that up and running. If we can’t get it to work on their instructions then we’ll start
to modify and build our own version of it. This year we’re working with Barrett to
create a kind of unusual Little Free Library. Barrett learned how to use the laser
machine here and this, and his files are about ready to go to a sheet metal
shop in McFarland, his exact files to get cut on a laser that cuts steel and
then bent and put together. So the Middle College program’s been
really valuable to us. It works out really well that we’ve got sort of a mentorship
model already set up but I think within a lot of traditional businesses you’d see
that having a senior staff or a senior engineer or a senior designer working
with somebody who’s younger, just that process of explaining what they do and
reconnecting with where they really started and where their roots are, they’re
going to get a lot of value out of that. [Music]

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