Tinkering School

come make amazing things with us

Tuesday After School - Day 2

Shoe (Spring 2016)Caroline ScanlanComment

We're building a GIANT SHOE!

"There was an old woman
Who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children,
And loved them all, too."

This old English nursery rhyme will be the inspiration for this session's project! Whoa! Weird. Whacky. Let the building begin!

Here at Tinkering School, we always begin each project with a giant group design process. We have no idea where any of our projects  will go until we get the input from all of the brains in the room! We start with 10 minutes of independent ideation before sharing our brainstorming with the entire team. Each person has a chance to share at least one idea before a group design starts taking shape.

Here, you can see us sketching out our ideas:

And sharing our ideas with the group:


Check out how many ideas we gathered between us all:

When it came time to land on a design blueprint, we investigated the material options we had in the shop and sketched out a giant shoe frame. This shoe is going to be eight feet long!

Finally, we began working on the shoe "sole."

We cut pieces of 2x3 wood to length in the chop saw room.

We clamped our plywood sole to a piece of 2x3 for support.

And we drilled, drilled, drilled!


And that's where we left off! See you next week!

Tinkering School is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.