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Mini Golf- Final Week!

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Parents and Families arrive for the final showcase… time to play mini-golf!

Parents and Families arrive for the final showcase… time to play mini-golf!

This week was our “Season Finale” and our tinkerers finally got to test out the entire exciting mini-golf course with their families! Check out the final products!

The Dragon Golf team was small but mighty, joining forces to get “Bob” the dragon ready to fly! Putters started from the loft above the shop and putted a ball into a set of two large cardboard tubes. (One of which was hanging from the ceiling!) The golf ball rolled down the cardboard tubes into the Bob’s belly. Bob the Dragon then flew down the zip line and hit a stop at the top of the bridge. Whoever putted the ball had to run down the stairs in time to open Bob the Dragon’s trap door to drop the golf ball into the ball pit!

Audrey and Conrad drill holes to get Bob ready to attach to the zip-line.

Audrey and Conrad drill holes to get Bob ready to attach to the zip-line.

Ava smiles big for the camera as the golf ball flies down two cardboard tubes and into the dragon’s belly!!

Ava smiles big for the camera as the golf ball flies down two cardboard tubes and into the dragon’s belly!!

Ava is the first to putt for the Bob the Dragon, Dragon-Golf course.

Ava is the first to putt for the Bob the Dragon, Dragon-Golf course.

“Bob the Dragon” flies down the zip-line towards the ball pit!

“Bob the Dragon” flies down the zip-line towards the ball pit!

Zane and Conrad use the trap belly door to drop the golf ball into the ball pit.

Zane and Conrad use the trap belly door to drop the golf ball into the ball pit.

Blobby Dog (and its house) came together as a two-tiered green. Putters had to climb up a set of stairs to the platform and then putted their golf ball into a tube that went from the platform down through Blobby Dog’s head onto the second putting green.

Bridger inspects the PVC pipes and connections for the Blobby Dog course… it works!

Bridger inspects the PVC pipes and connections for the Blobby Dog course… it works!

Nola catches the golf ball into a cup. Success!

Nola catches the golf ball into a cup. Success!

Clay tests and repairs the last connection point for the Blobby Dog course.

Clay tests and repairs the last connection point for the Blobby Dog course.

The Volcano Team had lots to do to complete their course in time!

Keira and Ayana use the chuck drill to make a hole for the jig saw blade so they can cut out the most important part of the course!

Keira and Ayana use the chuck drill to make a hole for the jig saw blade so they can cut out the most important part of the course!

Owen and the Volcano team work on constructing the putting green.

Owen and the Volcano team work on constructing the putting green.

Success! The Volcano team was able to complete their course and then it was time for playing some mini golf!

The Volcano course in action. You have to hit your gall ball into the center tunnel in order for it to be transported up the pulley powered elevator. At the top of the elevator, the golf ball is dumped into the cardboard tube for a hole in one if your lucky!

The Volcano course in action. You have to hit your gall ball into the center tunnel in order for it to be transported up the pulley powered elevator. At the top of the elevator, the golf ball is dumped into the cardboard tube for a hole in one if your lucky!

Esme and Keira in an active volcano!

Esme and Keira in an active volcano!

Hole in one!

Hole in one!

The Mini Golf Course was such a fun and interactive project! Each team brought their visions to life and everyone (collaborators, tinkerers, and their families!) had a great time getting to play the course and test their putting prowess. A big thank you to all our hardworking and enthusiastic tinkerers who participated in the winter after-school session!

To see more exciting photos from each week, please visit our Mini Golf Flickr album. See you next time!

Video Game Maze- Week 7 - Boys & Girls Clubs (Mission Clubhouse)

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Only one more week to go and our teams are on a roll!!!

The “Boss Toss” team now has a claw machine that is fully operational. Next step is to finish the life-size maze underneath!!

Vassidy, Anthony, and Erick work on installing the Boss Toss pulley.

Vassidy, Anthony, and Erick work on installing the Boss Toss pulley.

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Vassidy, Erick, and Jazmine worked hard installing lines and pulleys to the giant frame so it can move forward and back. They also attached lines that will pull the smaller cart laterally across the frame. The result? Just like a candy claw machine, this jumbo version can move position itself in any direction!

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Erick and Vassidy

Erick and Vassidy

The water and sky team made lots of progress on their tunnels. They attached the hinges for their trap door, plywood sides, and even a roof! They are excited to work on their themed “underwater/bubble” and “night sky” decorations next! Soon they will be combining their decorated tunnels to the rest of the video game maze :) We can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Ailey uses the jigsaw to cut sides and ends for the tunnels.

Ailey uses the jigsaw to cut sides and ends for the tunnels.

We make the night sky happen!!! The Water and Sky team drilled holes in the roof of one of the tunnels to make in look like a starry night from the inside.

We make the night sky happen!!! The Water and Sky team drilled holes in the roof of one of the tunnels to make in look like a starry night from the inside.

Most projects morph , change, and become modified through the building process. The “Can’t Touch the Ground” team’s creation is a great example of that. Their original idea was more like an elevator that moved up and down. But after seeing the zip line that’s installed inside the shop, the elevator was happily transformed into the perfect zip-line mobile! They attached a sliding door and now it is set to fly!

Luckily we were able to re-purpose another after school group’s tower creation. It happens to be just the right height for our tinkerers to climb up on and get into the modified zip-line elevator mobile! The end of this week’s session was spent giving everyone a turn flying down the zip-line. So fun!!!!!

Finally we get to test the zip-line!!!! Fernando is all smiles.

Finally we get to test the zip-line!!!! Fernando is all smiles.

Go Ailey!!

Go Ailey!!

Check back next week to see the video game maze finale!!! and to see more exciting photos, don’t forget to visit our Flickr page :-)

Video Games Maze - Weeks 4 -6 - Boys & Girls Clubs (Mission Clubhouse)

B&GClub (Winter 2019), Video Games (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

The Mission Clubhouse is on a mission! Our life-size Video Game Maze is taking shape and soon we’ll be ready to test it out! The past two weeks have been fun-filled and action packed for our three groups. ”The Water and Sky” team finished the frame of their two tunnels and are starting to add walls and secret doors. “Can’t Touch the Ground” team finished the frame to their elevator and added a door as well. Next they will be working on their pulley system for lifting it up into the air! The “Boss Toss” team also finished their suspended track (think candy claw machine) which will move the ghosts back and forth through the sky as it chases us trough the Video Game Maze!

Noehmy uses the band saw to cut the floor for the elevator.

Noehmy uses the band saw to cut the floor for the elevator.

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Javier cuts pieces to finish the elevator frame.

Javier cuts pieces to finish the elevator frame.

Team work! Noehmy, Elias, and Javier carry lumber together to the chop saw room.

Elias attaches the floor of the elevator.

Elias attaches the floor of the elevator.

Kai and Elias add structural supports.

Kai and Elias add structural supports.

A job well done! Javier and Noehmy test out the movable door/entrance of the elevator.

A job well done! Javier and Noehmy test out the movable door/entrance of the elevator.

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The “Water and Sky” team think about how they want their tunnels to connect together for their underwater maze.

Ailey uses a handsaw for the first time :)

Ailey uses a handsaw for the first time :)

Bella rocks it on the drill…

Bella rocks it on the drill…

And on the jigsaw with Sarah too!!!

And on the jigsaw with Sarah too!!!

We are on the move!!!

It’s week six and the pieces are coming together. Today our group made some giant leaps forward with their life size video game maze and we celebrated by taking turns flying down the zip line elevator at the end of the day!

The “Water and Sky“ team finished the sides and roof to one of their tunnels and the second one is almost finished. Soon we will have the secret passageways and connections between tunnels completed. and the tunnels are turning into a Elias and Bella brainstormed on some decoration themes to create a night sky and a bubbly, underwater environment. Stay tuned to see where these secret passageways lead!

The “Can’t Touch the Ground Team” has taken off! With doors and pulleys adjusted and attached their elevator is ready for the zip line. Check out these fun test runs!

The Boss Toss team attached more of their Pac-Man style ghosts and soon they will be flying and chasing us all around.

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Check back soon to see more exciting progress and be sure to visit our Flickr page for more photos of all the action!

Trains - Weeks 5-7 - Boys & Girls Clubs (Willie Mays Clubhouse)

B&GClub (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

It’s the final countdown! Only one more week left at Willie Mays Boys and Girls Clubhouse.

In the past few weeks our group finished three 8 foot long sections of train track. They even built a steep ramp off the indoor staircase to pick up a little speed! After a group design session, they also came up with ideas for the train car and (potentially) a tunnel for the train to run through. We’re all excited for this train to hit the tracks!

Laniya and Audrey attach PVC pipe to lumber as the railings for our train tracks.

Laniya and Audrey attach PVC pipe to lumber as the railings for our train tracks.

Wisemann and Audrey use a hand saw to cut metal pipes for the axles of the train car.

Wisemann and Audrey use a hand saw to cut metal pipes for the axles of the train car.

Several members of the group work together to build the bottom of the train car and test it on the tracks… you can tell by Weismann’s smile that it works!!

Several members of the group work together to build the bottom of the train car and test it on the tracks… you can tell by Weismann’s smile that it works!!

Weismann tests out the train car.

Weismann tests out the train car.

Neveah and Dallas draw the train tunnel together. It’s a beautiful design!

Neveah and Dallas draw the train tunnel together. It’s a beautiful design!

The group tests multiple track pieces together. It works, but there is still some problem solving to do for the connectors.

The group tests multiple track pieces together. It works, but there is still some problem solving to do for the connectors.

Group design session for the ramp.

Group design session for the ramp.

This ramp was built for speed!

This ramp was built for speed!

Laying the tracks… we’re taking over the whole playroom!

Laying the tracks… we’re taking over the whole playroom!

Dallas cuts pieces for the train car.

Dallas cuts pieces for the train car.

Byron and Anthony collaborate on the train tunnel.

Byron and Anthony collaborate on the train tunnel.

Byron and Anthony use a speed square to make measurements for multiple cuts more quickly. Pro moves!

Byron and Anthony use a speed square to make measurements for multiple cuts more quickly. Pro moves!

Mekai cuts metal pipe to use for the connectors between the track rails.

Mekai cuts metal pipe to use for the connectors between the track rails.

Mekai and Brendon modify the wheels and axles of the train car to fit the PVC pipe rails more accurately. Now it’s ready to ride!!!

Mekai and Brendon modify the wheels and axles of the train car to fit the PVC pipe rails more accurately. Now it’s ready to ride!!!

Mekai tests the ramp for the first time!

Mekai tests the ramp for the first time!

It’s even faster than we expected!

It’s even faster than we expected!

Check back in next week for the grand finale of our winter session!

Lots more photos can be found on our Flickr page!

Trains! - Final Showcase - Boys & Girls Clubs (Willie Mays Clubhouse)

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This week concluded our 8 week long session at Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club. It was an exciting journey from start to finish, and we ended it on a high note with a thrilling train ride that our tinkerers built themselves!

At the final session we broke up into three groups to finish our main project elements: The tunnel, the train car, and the track (complete with ramp!) We had a lot of parts that had to fit together in order to work well and keep the train moving along.

MaKai and Anthony make adjustments to the base of the train car.

MaKai and Anthony make adjustments to the base of the train car.

This project was a great example of making multiple iterations and testing, then re-testing. During the last two sessions the tracks had to be modified and cut down, the axles had to be replaced and re-adjusted, AND we had to move/adjust the wheels multiple times… but we did it and it worked!

Dallas works on the tunnel.

Dallas works on the tunnel.

The train car is ready to go down the tracks!!!

The train car is ready to go down the tracks!!!

Dallas uses the jigsaw to cut pieces for the train car sides.

Dallas uses the jigsaw to cut pieces for the train car sides.

The train car is coming together! The whole group works on it together while Brendon holds the sides in place.

The train car is coming together! The whole group works on it together while Brendon holds the sides in place.

Everything came together in the end and we had a blast testing it out!

D’Nya is about to test it out!!

D’Nya is about to test it out!!

Dallas holds on!!!

Dallas holds on!!!

Ramp time!

Ramp time!

The Tinkering School staff had a blast collaborating with everyone at Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club. Thank you for a great winter session!!

To see more fun photos from each day of tinkering, be sure to visit our Flickr page!

Mini Golf - Week 7

Mini Golf (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

The Mini-Golf group is almost ready for their final showcase! Our three teams made lots of additions and improvements this week. The Blobby Dog and Dragon-Golf teams even joined forces for a group design session that ended up in some great ideas. Check out our progress and stay tuned for the Mini Golf Course in action next week!

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Matthew and the Volcano team repaired and modified the golf ball elevator and chute system.

Ava and Audrey attach and decorate the head of the dragon.

Ava and Audrey attach and decorate the head of the dragon.

Moss attaches more structural supports for the Volcano Team’s creations.

Moss attaches more structural supports for the Volcano Team’s creations.

Ayana and Keira in the chopsaw room cutting pieces for the next part of their project.

Ayana and Keira in the chopsaw room cutting pieces for the next part of their project.

Keira and Zane cut sections of the putting green for the Mini Golf course.

Keira and Zane cut sections of the putting green for the Mini Golf course.

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Conrad and Niam teamed up to make a ladder for Blobby Dog’s house. This way you can putt-putt on a multi-leveled, interactive course!

Clay and Bridger experimented with different designs for the golf ball to move from the top level down to the bottom level.. and through Blobby Dog’s head!

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All three teams came together at the end of the build session to practice their putting skills for the final showcase (with their handmade, custom putters!).

More photos and fun can be found on our Flickr page!

Mini Golf - Week 6

Mini Golf (Winter 2019)Katie McClung1 Comment

This week the Volcano Team got their project to a good testing point with the putting green and “castle” attached. Then they figured out a mechanism for catching the golf ball and returning it back to the person putting. Super cool!

The Blobby Dog Team made their dog house more safe and structurally sturdy. They even added a second floor to climb onto. Now they can putt on a multi-level course through Blobby Dog’s head!

The Dragon Golf team put their thinking caps on to design a creative way to putt the golf ball into the Dragon’s mouth before it flies down the zip line. With all of our teams combined it’s guaranteed to be a mini golf course full of surprises!

Bridger and Matthew work together on the golf ball retrieval mechanism which works like a tiny elevator :)

Bridger and Matthew work together on the golf ball retrieval mechanism which works like a tiny elevator :)

Ayana uses the jig saw to cut pieces for the base of the volcano.

Ayana uses the jig saw to cut pieces for the base of the volcano.

Matthew tests the retrieval mechanism.

Matthew tests the retrieval mechanism.

Owen, Bridger, and Matthew in serious focus mode!

Owen, Bridger, and Matthew in serious focus mode!

Testing time! Esme, Ayana, Nola, Moss, and Matthew test out the Volcano putting green.Success!!

Testing time! Esme, Ayana, Nola, Moss, and Matthew test out the Volcano putting green.Success!!

Design time!

Design time!

Conrad attaches the belly of the dragon with hinges.

Conrad attaches the belly of the dragon with hinges.

Ava and Audrey finish cutting the second side of the dragon head… can’t wait to see this dragon fly!

Ava and Audrey finish cutting the second side of the dragon head… can’t wait to see this dragon fly!

It’s hard to believe, but we only have two more weeks of tinkering before our final showcase and epic mini-golf tournament! Check back soon and to see more of this crews’ hard work, be sure to visit us on Flickr!

Mini Golf - Week 5

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Five down and three to go! Only three more sessions left and our mini golf course is getting closer and closer to being finished.

Ideas this big demand creative thinking as well as learning new skills. Our teams have been hard at work finding solutions to their building challenges while also having fun testing out their projects.

Each team has been learning how to use new tools and materials. This week the band saw and jig saw were heavy hitters!

We started out the day with a call and response music session led by Clay and Bridger!

We started out the day with a call and response music session led by Clay and Bridger!

Dragon Golf Team:

Ava and Conrad used the jigsaw for the first time to cut plywood for the sides of the dragon’s body.

Ava and Conrad also worked as a team to carefully cut their dragon’s head on the band saw. This took a lot of time and focus, but the Dragon Golf team was happy with their results!

As Ava and Conrad cut pieces for the golf ball pit and dragon body, Audrey focused on attaching the plywood to the frames. She also spearheaded an amazing list of name choices for their Dragon… Stay tuned to find out which name will be the final selection!

Ava uses the jigsaw to cut different parts for the dragon body. Check out Audrey and Ava’s list of dragon names in the background!

Ava uses the jigsaw to cut different parts for the dragon body. Check out Audrey and Ava’s list of dragon names in the background!

Matthew, Audrey, and Ava use tape to do the final decorations on their putters.

Matthew, Audrey, and Ava use tape to do the final decorations on their putters.

Clay and Bridger help work together to make a frame.

Clay and Bridger help work together to make a frame.

Blobby Dog Team:

Clay and Bridger made a great team as they built the frame for Blobby Dog’s bed, while Niam kept working on Blobby Dog’s house. Now that’s the face of determination!

Niam makes works on making Blobby Dog’s house more structurally sound.

Niam makes works on making Blobby Dog’s house more structurally sound.

Matthew on the drill press!

Matthew on the drill press!

Keira on the band saw :)

Keira on the band saw :)

Zane and Owen get the Volcano frame ready for fabric.

Zane and Owen get the Volcano frame ready for fabric.

The Volcano Team used fabric and a staple gun to create the exterior of their volcano and last but not least…LAVA!

The decorations begin!!!

The decorations begin!!!

The group meets back up to show off their completed putters.

The group meets back up to show off their completed putters.

Time to test the putters! HOLE IN ONE!

Time to test the putters! HOLE IN ONE!

Check out our flickr photo album to see more of the fun!

Trains - Weeks 3-4 - Boys & Girls Club ( Willie Mays Clubhouse)

B&GClub (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

The Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club tinkerers are building full steam ahead! The past two weeks have been super busy! With some new materials and lots of group collaboration, the tracks are laid for our next adventure as we get our trains rolling.

Weismann carried the first load up of PVC pipe for the train tracks up to the garden.

Weismann carried the first load up of PVC pipe for the train tracks up to the garden.

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At tinkering school, we always find a partner to carry long or heavy building materials. One person on each end so we don’t accidentally make helicopters!

Jayden and MauRae used hand saws for the first time to cut PVC pipe.

Jayden and MauRae used hand saws for the first time to cut PVC pipe.

What a pro!

What a pro!

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Bayron and Weismann worked quickly together attaching two PVC pipes to each rail for wheel hubs to fit the tracks.

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Dallas, Assada, Malia and Anthony all helped to remove the wheels from the hubs to get them ready for the train.

Dallas, Assada, Malia and Anthony all helped to remove the wheels from the hubs to get them ready for the train.

Weismann used a hack saw and the help from some friends to cut steel tubing for the train axles

Weismann used a hack saw and the help from some friends to cut steel tubing for the train axles

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Maia and Weismann tested the length of the axles for their train.

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Half of the team pitched in to help complete the base of the first train car as the rest of the team finished making the main train tracks.

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Audrey and Anthony made some final touches and got this train is ready to roll!!!

Check in at our next stop to see all the progress this crew is making!

Mini Golf - Week 4

Mini Golf (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

It’s already week 4! We are halfway through our 8 week session and our “Volcano”, “Blobby Dog”, and “Dragon Golf” teams have been working hard and bringing their mini-golf courses to life. The Volcano team got their PVC volcano to stand on its own and they now have a putting green that is ready for testing! Next step: making putters! Blobby Dog team made a head for good ole’ Blobby out of plywood using the jigsaw and also worked on making the dog house stronger. The Dragon Golf team made putters and also made lots of progress on the outside of their flying dragon and ball pit.

Matthew uses aluminum wire to attach the PVC frame of the volcano.

Matthew uses aluminum wire to attach the PVC frame of the volcano.

Zane gets the putting green ready for testing!

Zane gets the putting green ready for testing!

Keira uses the handsaw to cut more structural supports.

Keira uses the handsaw to cut more structural supports.

Free standing Volcano!!

Free standing Volcano!!

Esme uses the jigsaw for one side of Blobby Dog’s head.

Esme uses the jigsaw for one side of Blobby Dog’s head.

Niam strengthens up Blobby’s house.

Niam strengthens up Blobby’s house.

Bridger cuts the other half of Blobby’s head!

Bridger cuts the other half of Blobby’s head!

Conrad makes his putter and tests it out.

Conrad makes his putter and tests it out.

Ava uses a hacksaw (for the first time!) to cut cardboard tubing for her putter.

Ava uses a hacksaw (for the first time!) to cut cardboard tubing for her putter.

The Dragon Golf team works efficiently together to get the dragon’s body ready to fly!

The Dragon Golf team works efficiently together to get the dragon’s body ready to fly!

See you next week and be sure to check out more of the fun on our Flickr account!

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