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Welding Week 7 - Finale!

Welding (Spring 2017)Brendon BellComment

Hard to believe its our last class! With little time remaining, we jumped into our projects with lots of focus and determination.

A few projects had been completed the previous week, so some tinkerers used their time to experiment with different tools and create something small.

Just like wood can get a final sanding, we worked to file our welded sculptures to a final polish.

Drilling and bending metal were a really popular ways of manipulating metal in addition to welding throughout the course. As the tinkerers learned about the different ways they could work with metal, their imaginations took off with the possibilities... 

After 7 weeks of hard work, creativity, learning, and lots of sparks, the tinkerers presented their handiwork to each other and their parents. It's been incredible to see their evolution from hesitant and slightly nervous beginners, to accomplished metal workers, confident in their new welding and metal manipulation skills. 

Check out all the photos from the course at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tinkeringschool/albums/72157678985728654


Elephant (Spring 2017)Brendon BellComment

Our last class! And still so much to do! With no time to lose, we quickly split into groups and tackled our final tasks to bring our elephant to life. We needed to attach the head to its body, perfect the trunk (aka peanut delivery mechanism), connect the ladder, and much more. 

One group tested several iterations for a trunk mechanism. 

Another group worked on securing the ladder so it was stable and safe for humans big and small to climb. They learned about simple solutions to tricky problems like using a lever to twist eye bolts into the wood.

And finally the moment we had long been waiting for, our elephant's head and body were joined together!

We finished just in time as the parents arrived. Now we could finally see if our elephant could feed its squirrel buddy a peanut!

Before trying it out though, we all discussed safety precautions. What should we be watching and listening for to tell us if something goes wrong? We agreed to stand a safe distance in case our elephant was a bit clumsy and missed the squirrel's basket.


And before everyone left, we all got to climb up into our elephant!

It's been a pleasure working on this awesome project with such a dedicated and creative group of young people! 

To check out all the photos from the session visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tinkeringschool/albums/72157678949499344

Second to Last Session: New Tools and Self Direction!

Elephant (Spring 2017)Amanda SimonsComment

Today was the second-to-last session of Thursday After School, and we all started with our best game faces. At the beginning of the afternoon, our elephant that feeds a squirrel to a peanut was in bits and pieces and seriously needed some critical thinking skills and hard work. The bad news, though, everyone had a really long and tiring day today. It was so hard to stay on task and get things done! The good news is that we stuck to it and made some serious progress. 

Welding Week 5: Project Time!

Welding (Spring 2017)Brendon BellComment

In our past classes we learned how to weld a single bead, weld multiple pieces of metal together, cut, bend, and drill metal and much more. Today we put all those skills to practice and had the entire class time to work on our creative projects!

What began as simple design sketches are now taking shape! 

Sometimes the easiest way to make something fit is to file a piece down. 

Drilling holes for screws is one of the most effective ways to attach our metal creations to other materials like wood.

Onward my steely compatriots!

Onward my steely compatriots!

Looking forward to next week and perfecting our new skills as we continue to create epic metal masterpieces! 

Check out all the photos on Flickr!

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