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Sharing ideas and workload

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Our second session is dedicated to revealing our group project, capturing ideas and designing a master plan. Tuesday's group project and challenge to build something that will transport a bowling ball from one side of the shop to the other without touching it. We had a lot of great ideas come out our of our design phase ranging from pulling a wagon to constructing a roller coaster.

Check out that design focus! 

Check out that design focus! 

Big idea's require big designs. Ida's car on a track design expands across three pages just to hold all her ideas!

Big idea's require big designs. Ida's car on a track design expands across three pages just to hold all her ideas!

When sharing our ideas we noticed that most of the kids described the need for some sort of track. So we broke into smaller groups to tackle making a prototype. 

Natalia and Anand get some inspiration from flipping over a built stool used in the shop. 

Natalia and Anand get some inspiration from flipping over a built stool used in the shop. 

Meanwhile Lincon and Justin sit down with Amanda to work out out the details and dimensions.  

Meanwhile Lincon and Justin sit down with Amanda to work out out the details and dimensions.  

We discover how using scraps materials can really help everyone visualize the design.

We discover how using scraps materials can really help everyone visualize the design.

After the design was complete it was time to start construction. It was great to see the kids organically break into two groups. Some went into the chop saw room to prepare cuts while others began affixing all the pieces together. 

Everyone was on board to lend a helping hand!

Everyone was on board to lend a helping hand!

Natalia and Lincoln learn how the chop saw stop can be used to help you make multiple cuts of the same length without having to measure and mark each one.

Natalia and Lincoln learn how the chop saw stop can be used to help you make multiple cuts of the same length without having to measure and mark each one.

Anand and Justin team up with drills to help assemble the track prototype.

Anand and Justin team up with drills to help assemble the track prototype.

We finish building for the the day just in time for a fest run.

We finish building for the the day just in time for a fest run.

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