The title says it all!
Today we got to learn how to use the Drill Press! The Drill press allows us to drill straight down through tricky materials...like metal!
Today, we made some big progress on the Build-an-Elephant-that-Feeds-a-Peanut-to-a-Squirrel project! This group of Tinkerers naturally gravitates into team that collaborate very well, understand how to communicate to one another, and constantly set goals and achieve them as we move through the session, and today was an awesome example of this well-oiled Tinkering machine!
We kicked off week 2 of Welding After School with a silly provocation.
Who's really good at drawing?
Will you draw Amanda standing at a welding station?
Now, let's make Amanda Ready to Weld.
Last week, the Thursday After School Tinkerers were trained in how to safely use the tools, and also in how to treat one another and the space during our Thursday afternoons together. Interspersed in last week's excitement as also lots and lots of chatter about "what's the project?!" What are we going to be working so hard and spending so much time going together? Can we sit in it? Can we play with it? Is it a dragon?
Yes, yes, and maybe?
It's welding time again! We met our new team and created some group agreements to ensure a safe and fun space for everyone to learn the art of melting two pieces of steel into one!
What are we going to build!? Our first day of our latest after school program began with a flurry of questions and creative inspiration...could we build a dog house!? Or maybe a canoe!?
We started off the last day of class with an in depth discussion of how we could safely test out the Crane, considering the extra weight and hazards a moving 5 gallon bucket of water through a shop creates. We established a Ready Call System, a Safety Boundary, Rotating Job Titles and a stack of towels.
We had an amazing last day of welding! It is truly wonderful to see how much the children have grown in their abilities. From barely knowing about welding to feeling comfortable and creative with welding, each of the children have developed literally before our eyes.
In the second to last week of the crane build, Tinkerers worked on fine details of the crane tower and container.