By: Dylan Mitchell, Guest Writer and Former Reporter
I've had a lot of teachers at FCS, but there are very few, if any, who can quite match up to the amount of influence that Michael Darfler has had on me. I'm sure a lot of people know that my friends and I frequently hang around the MakerSpace as our normal meeting point. What some of you might not have known, however, is that we have actually started a company called Fyuri Studios. We are currently working on our first game: a digital card game called Struggle for Gera. This only is possible because of how Michael made the MakerSpace so accessible to us and even worked with us to get the whole operation off the ground in many instances. The MakerSpace is where people go to make things. Of course, it's so obvious, and I shouldn't have to say it, but it's true, and sometimes the depth of that is lost behind its simplicity. As I've gone through high school, I've spent a lot of my time down there, and I've seen the extent of what can happen. Classes and individuals alike utilize the space to achieve their creative goals, and the MakerSpace even has its own form of a community at times, drawing in fascinated like- minded individuals such as myself who are entranced with the unique outlet that such a location provides. The merit of the MakerSpace, however, is about more than just the place. I'm sure that all of us have seen Michael around, helping students or teaching classes or doing whatever else he decides to do. The MakerSpace would have just been a place without him, but his constantly helpful and genuinely invested presence always made it feel to me like a bit more than that. For the past years, Michael Darfler has been as much of a part of the MakerSpace as the very space itself, and although I won't be at the school next year to see it without him, I can only hope that his successor will bring at least a fraction of the energy and positivity to the space that he always has, and I hope that the MakerSpace continues to be the amazing place that I've always seen it to be for at least a few more people. From myself (Dylan), Naim, Kai, Dave, Max, and the rest of the school, Thank you, Michael. Best of luck to you in the future!