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Making furniture was child’s play forteenagers in Keighley!
9:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in Keighley
Making new furniture was child’s play for teenagers taking part in an enterprise ‘boot camp’.
They took inspiration from children’s games in order to design and build furniture during the week-long holiday scheme.
Nine young people worked at the Fab Lab in Dalton Lane, Keighley, where hi-tech fabrication machinery turns blueprints into 3D test products.
The three teams of three then presented their samples to a panel of business bosses in the style of TV’s Dragons’ Den programme.
The winning team, Time Table Tops, created an “elegant” desktop organiser that could store books, trays, writing equipment and a CD rack.
One of the runners-up designed a table with jigsaw pieces embedded into it, and the other chairs containing snakes and ladders plus noughts and crosses boards.
Raf Choudhry, the Fab Lab’s enterprise co-ordinator, said the bosses had to deliberate for quite a while to decide who won.
He added: “I think they were very impressed with the standard of work and the level of commitment from the young people.”
The boot camp was being organised for the second year, and this time was funded by local training organisation Aspire-i. The aim was to encourage teenagers to think about careers in either engineering or design.
Fab Lab is now looking for funding and sponsors so the scheme can be held again next year.
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