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Flying Dragons - Week 6

Flying Dragons (Fall2018)Brendon BellComment

Our dragons left the ground for the first time today! They may not have their wings yet, but our tinkerers wanted to test how well the dragons took to being in the air.

Before the testing began though, there was lots of building to be done!

 Asher and Jackson finished securing the roof on their team’s dragon.

Asher and Jackson finished securing the roof on their team’s dragon.

 Adele and Daphne also completed their awesome dragon egg nest!

Adele and Daphne also completed their awesome dragon egg nest!

 August recruited Jackson to help him build some cross supports for the dragon head he’s been carefully crafting.

August recruited Jackson to help him build some cross supports for the dragon head he’s been carefully crafting.

The team building the dragon that will carry riders inside its belly made lots of progress thanks to lots of teamwork and extra focus.

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Peter worked on repositioning some eyebolts that the zip line ropes will attach to and Nicholas learned how to use a hot knife for cutting through and sealing the ends of synthetic rope.

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 Olivia was excited to use the band saw! It’s tricky to keep the blade moving along a line, but with her sharp eye, she made some super precise cuts to make pieces for her chair.

Olivia was excited to use the band saw! It’s tricky to keep the blade moving along a line, but with her sharp eye, she made some super precise cuts to make pieces for her chair.

Meanwhile, the small “baby” dragon team worked hard to finish installing the hardware that the zip line ropes will attach to.

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And then the testing began!

 Whooo! It worked and Tommy proved it can support lots of weight!!

Whooo! It worked and Tommy proved it can support lots of weight!!

The team building the dragon that carries riders under its belly also completed their frame and suspension points. It was incredible to see their very large dragon body raise up into the sky!

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 The rider cockpit is going to be so much fun to ride in. There’s even a side window!

The rider cockpit is going to be so much fun to ride in. There’s even a side window!

 There’s something incredible about seeing a giant construction you build take form! And then to see it raise into the air…sheer excitement!!! :-)

There’s something incredible about seeing a giant construction you build take form! And then to see it raise into the air…sheer excitement!!! :-)

With only two more weeks left of our Tinkering after school session, our hardworking crew is eager to give our dragon skeletons wings, heads, tails, and so much more. The dragons have been slowly incubating over the past six weeks and you wont want to miss them as they hatch and take flight!

And don’t forget, all the fun photos from the day and previous weeks can be seen on our Flickr page!

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