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Tuesday- Mini Session Day 1!

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It's the start of a new session! We have a short three day session, and today was spent learning how to "use the tools the way they're meant to be used" (Tinkering School Group Agreement #6)!

We like to ask "what was your face the last time you made a mistake" and Jaro shared this face with the group. Very positive response to a mistake!

Jacqueline makes a cut on the chop saw during chop saw training. She's got her hand out of the blood bubble, and all her gear on! Safety gear and a collaborator are the things we're required to have in order to use the chop saw. 

Drill training! Tyler puts a screw into Ellis' and his square! Excellent hand form!

Noe and Jacqueline create their square! Jacqueline drills while Noe helps to make sure it doesn't move! This is a great example of our goal to "collaborate"!

Nolan and Jaro show off their square! 

Ellis and Tyler show us how strong their square is! With only one screw in the corners, it's super moveable, but with two it becomes much stronger!

We go on to our third and final activity of the day, clamp training! Kaya and Jacqueline clamp their pieces onto the table with the blue clamps.

Santiago helps August clamp together some mitered pieces! And August figures out how to balance a 2x3 momentarily on an edge.

We decide to use every clamp we can and build an awesome structure that comes straight off our table! Ellis remarked, "it looks like a sea or a forest of clamps!"

It got super long! After this was done we cleaned up our clamps and next week we'll be learning what our project will be! We're all excited to start!

FRIDAY WELDING WORKSHOP - FINAL SESSION!!

Sage RyanComment

The tinkerers arrive upon their final session, every one ready to finish up their projects. Its been an interesting journey, and the crew has learned a lot about this new activity and skill. 

At this point, the kiddos breeze through every weld, expertly and with confidence. The imagination, hard work, and learning process left us today with quite an array of projects...

...including Ava's horse. Ava learned quite a bit about how to make jigs for the porta-band (wooden structures to align the blade for the purpose of cutting odd angles). She finished the steel equine today, with a thick molten matted mane, and a precise geometric body. 

While Reid spent some time welding together the curves of her Halloween pumpkin (her second project), she also returned to her first project to finalize its feline tail!

Ben finished up his enormous long spaceship composed of an array of different pieces, ranging in size, and put the finishing touch of some para-cord on his grappling hook. 

Rory finalized her seemingly ever-growing and beautifully absract honey comb of tiny welds and cylinders.  

Michael added his last four big blocks of steel to his awesome hunk of a vehicle. He left today with a behemoth of stacked welds. 

...and Dylan with his! (in addition, Dylan's massive vehicle's got a little rider!) 

These tinkerers learned quite a bit, and achieved quite a lot. We see their weeks hard work and imaginative leaps in these fun creations. They safely and incredibly executed a skill that not many folks can say they have! Thank you to all the tinkerers of Fall's welding workshop, and your heavy structures of art. 

THURSDAY TINKERING AFTERSCHOOL - FINAL SESSION!

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Its our final session; everyone is excited but also wondering if it will all get finished, so first the tinkerers gather to figure out what we've finished... and whats left to be done. 

Just as we were getting to start to finish and we realized Mr.Potato Head needed a mustache, arms and legs.  So, we relied on our division of labor and small collaborative groups; divvied up the work.

The arm and leg group strategized to create limbs with joints and then get to work on the most exiting part, the fingers!!

Here, Elise and Portia measure out specific lengths for each finger. 

Here, Elise and Portia measure out specific lengths for each finger. 

Once they had a  cut list, the crew needed to figure out what they wanted to use to make the fingers, so we took to scrap alley. The tinkerers found an interesting and exiting material, foam!!

Abandoning the ideas of individual fingers, the team took to planning out whole hands and feet!!

Abandoning the ideas of individual fingers, the team took to planning out whole hands and feet!!

Meanwhile, the mustache team had realized that with their mustache finished, they should move on to our final task... attaching the body parts to Mr. Potato Head!!

Above, this group deliberates how to attach the enormous heavy nose to Potato Head's thin plywood face.  It was very heavy - in no time everyone agreed that additional support was needed to ensure safety!

Above, this group deliberates how to attach the enormous heavy nose to Potato Head's thin plywood face.  It was very heavy - in no time everyone agreed that additional support was needed to ensure safety!

Together they worked to screw in an extra support shelf to hold it. 

Together they worked to screw in an extra support shelf to hold it. 

Across the shop, the arms and legs group had finished cutting out the hands. And so all the tinkerers converged on the head to attach every possible body part!

They worked, and drilled, and screwed, and drilled, and screwed, and worked as we arrived upon our end time, we saw that it may not be possible to attach every single part. Is that okay??

YES!

The Tinkerers finished without ears, without an attached mustache, and without attached feet. However, they finished with a Mr. Potato Head. And what came with their Mr. Potato Head was weeks of new knowledge, friendships, skills, and experiences. The crew stands tall with their giant masterpiece, looking forward!

Tuesday - Cyborgs- Last Day!

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Today was our very last day to work on our cyborg projects! We planned out what we had to do and worked hard to the very last minute to accomplish our goals. We then showed off our hard work to our guests!

We split our board in two and decided on what needed to get done, and the order in which we should do it. Vac-Pac team opted for a larger amount of people, with two things going at once, while the smaller DASD (Drill-Arm Screw-Dispenser) team decided to get done just their top priorities. 

The DASD team starts off by finishing the body of their screw dispenser. Jaro attached the backing that will be used to attach the whole thing onto our drill arm!

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The Vac-Pac team gets to work attaching their arm piece to the vacuum with plumbers clamps! Much sturdier than the previously used masking tape. 

After TONS of tries and many pieces of tiny broken plywood, the DASD team completes their tray! 

The finished screw dispenser!

Sophie experiments with making an extra controller for the Vac-Pac.

After we decided we were officially done, it was time for a serious group hug to congratulate and appreciate each other's hard work before the parents came.

It's testing time! Raj tries out the Vac-Pac while Nolan helps at the other end!

Between testing out our gadgets, we looked back at our originals designs and goals. We realized that even with deviating from our original drawings we were able to complete our original goals for our cyborg!

Even the parents got to try out our gadgets! It was great fun designing and building with this group, we hope to get to tinkering with them all again soon!

FRIDAY WELDING WORKSHOPS _ WEEK 7!!

Sage RyanComment

The welding crew had a calm and beautifully productive day with lots of fun. With only four tinkerers at the welding stations today, everyone had plenty of time to weld.  We even had folks on their second project! 

Today, Rory continued work on her abstract geometric form...

Ava finished up her horse with a molten mane...

Michael focused on beefing up his mechanical machine.. 

And after the crew took a snack break and drew a collection of silly faces..

..Dylan finalized his second project that he started today (a cute little humanoid)...

With a pair of metal "eyeballs!!" 

The welding tinkerers had quite a day, and with only one more session left, every one is walking away with an incredible new skillset and one or more awesome welded creatures and machines!!

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