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Tuesdays, Week 3: Making things that look like stuff!

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This week we got to skip all the talking and dive right into building.  We quickly went back over what we did last week and then divided up into our two groups: mechanical drill arm and mechanical vacuum arm. 

The Drill arm team quickly realized that the box that they made last week was far too big, so they quickly began to make a new one that would fit their arms better.

Jaro uses the bandsaw like a pro to quickly cut more pieces for the drill arm.

Jaro uses the bandsaw like a pro to quickly cut more pieces for the drill arm.

Once they had made four new sides, the drill team put them together to make one part of the hinged arm-piece.

 

Meanwhile, the vacuum team began to experiment with the PVC pipe.  

Munir learns how to use a PVC cutter and uses it to cut down the long pieces into more manageable lengths. 

Munir learns how to use a PVC cutter and uses it to cut down the long pieces into more manageable lengths. 

They used joints and pieces of different lengths to figure out how to reach a vacuum to a mess that was 8 feet away from the user.  The PVC turned out to be quite different from the wood that they had been experimenting with the week before, and it took a little while for them to figure out the material properties of these pipes.

Festus (Jules) experiments with joining the PVC pipe together.

Festus (Jules) experiments with joining the PVC pipe together.

Sophie and Noe collaborate with Lindsay on pipe joinery as well.

Sophie and Noe collaborate with Lindsay on pipe joinery as well.

On the Drill arm side of the shop, the two arm boxes are finished and are ready to be joined together with a hinge.  Even our shortest screws are sticking through the plywood into the inside of the box, so Jaro and Nolan have to come up with a solution

They experiment with washers...

They experiment with washers...

and end up using both nuts and washers as spacers!

and end up using both nuts and washers as spacers!

After figuring out how to attach the hinge safely, however, Nolan and Jaro realize that the arm piece is really uncomfortable to wear!  They look for ways to solve this problem, and end up lining the inside with soft felt and cloth. 

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on the PVC side of the shop, the tinkerers are still fiddling with attatchments.

They try screws

They try screws

They try clamps

They try clamps

While Noe and Sophie work on pipe attachments, Festus works on a way to connect the PVC pieces to the human body.  He finds a suitable piece of tube, cuts it to fit on his arm, and then attaches an internal handle.

The drill side takes a break to tinker with the scraps that they created while Raj displays all that they've built this session.

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Look at all we made!

Look at all we made!

See y'all next week!

Friday After School Week 2 - Welding!!!

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One week after meeting each other and learning the basic principals and safety of welding, the group reunites to start welding stuff together!!!!

 

We learned how to use welding magnets to keep pieces of metal in place while on the welding table...

At one point, one of our welders stopped working, and we got to open it up and take a look inside at the spool of wire that gets heated up by electricity!

After diving in and fixing this exciting issue, that station was able to get back to welding, and both stations away today with some pretty cool welds attaching metal at angles and long corners!

Tinkerers have begun their projects, looking forward to welding more next week!!!

Tinkering After School Thursday Sessions - Week 2!!

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On their second Thursday together, the tinkerers found out what theyre going to be building this fall!! 

Everyone seemed to be pretty stoked on a GIANT MISTER POTATO HEAD concept...

So after reviewing our tinkering school goals, we got to designing!!

From there, we split up into two groups working on two different chosen body parts. We arrived at the eyebrows.... 

....And the nose!!

Although some parts of the project got a bigger head start than others, there was an explosion of ideas, collaboration, and design tinkering that will whoosh us into next week's session with excitement and invention! 

Tuesdays, week 2: design, plan, go!

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After spending last week getting to know a new space, new tools and new friends, we dove into project design headfirst today.  The tinkerers arrived apprehensive about learning what the project was, and everyone had their own ideas of what it would be.  During opening circle, after re-going over what our Tinkering School goals are, the project was finally revealed.

CYBORGS!!!!  The tinkerers were charged to think about how mechanical add-ons could help them preform everyday tasks.  After a few minutes to get all of their ideas down on paper, Jules describes his vision of a many-armed robot suit.

CYBORGS!!!!  The tinkerers were charged to think about how mechanical add-ons could help them preform everyday tasks.  After a few minutes to get all of their ideas down on paper, Jules describes his vision of a many-armed robot suit.

After pooling ideas and looking at similarities between visions, we decided that we wanted to begin by making two mechanical arms that could do two different things around the shop: drill and vacuum.  We split up into two teams and began to design in more detail.

Raj explains the design trajectory for the drill arm team--a hinged sleeve that the drill can fit on the end of. 

Raj explains the design trajectory for the drill arm team--a hinged sleeve that the drill can fit on the end of. 

After thinking about the "what?" and then designing the "how?" the Tinkerers dove into building.

The Vacuum team decided early on that PVC pipe would be the best material to realize their vision, but they had no PVC this week, so had to improvise.  they used wood pieced to prototype flexible ways that a vacuum could extend 8 feet beyond the user's body.

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Noe, Munir, Sophie, and Jules experiment with swiveling mechanisms in an effort to prototype and flexible extendo-arm for the vacuum.

Noe, Munir, Sophie, and Jules experiment with swiveling mechanisms in an effort to prototype and flexible extendo-arm for the vacuum.

  The drill team quickly started work on their hinged sleeve, beginning by slicing plywood into specifically measured pieces on the bandsaw.

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Nolan, Raj and Jaro learn how to use the bandsaw and work together to cut out the pieces for their sleeve.

Nolan, Raj and Jaro learn how to use the bandsaw and work together to cut out the pieces for their sleeve.

After cutting the pieces out, Drill team had to put their box together, which turned out to be a delicate operation, as the plywood was thin and splintered easily.

Success!! 

Success!! 

For closing circle we all came back together and both teams discussed what they had done.  Everyone was very impressed by the work the tinkerers had gotten done in such a short amount of time!

We can't wait until next week!

We can't wait until next week!

Friday After School Week One - Welding!!!

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On the first Friday of Tinkering After School Welding, we got so much done+and had soo much fun!! After getting to know each other, we sat down to build some group agreements for our little Friday welding community. 

Before long, we moved on to some sciency facts of welding and some safety parameters too!

Here we get a little overview of the body protection you need when welding...

Before long tinkerers were cozy in their UV protective masks, ready to take on a new skill!

On our first day of after school, every tinkerer got to take a shot welding with their new friends..

With super cool results to learn from... !!

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