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TEDxConejo - Michael Chang - Garage Tinkerer

Michael Chang is a senior at Westlake High School. He was born on May 20, 1993 in Thousand Oaks, California. From an early age he showed interest in creating things and with the help of his parents, went down a path that eventually led to his dual high school hobbies of robotics and garage projects. As a student at Westlake High School he competed and won awards in Science Olympiad, First Robotics, and VEX robotics championships. At home his projects include an Electric Skateboard, a Rube Goldberg machine, and a marble roller coaster. Currently, Michael is the president of the Westlake Physics Club and Co-president of the Math club. When he isn't working, he can be found running Cross Country, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and creating works of art. He will speak about the challenges—and rewards that come from working with one's hands and discuss the things that happen when one follows one's heart and sets out to prove the naysayers wrong. TEDxCONEJO TEDxConejo, an independently organized TED event, was held in Thousand Oaks, Ca on March 26, 2011. The conference theme was Energy, using that word very broadly to go beyond what powers our homes and transportation but really what fuels life. What energizes business, education, health, and ideas? What energizes you? A broad mix of thinkers and doers characterizes the TEDx experience both on the stage and in the audience. TEDxConejo is open to the general public and produced in association with the Conejo Valley Unified School District. For more information visit About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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