We’re thrilled to begin the 2018 school year with another 8 week Tinkering program with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco - Mission Clubhouse! We invited 13 young, enthusiastic club members to our work shop and we jumped right in by creating some group safety agreements and talking about our Tinkering School goals.
Next up, it was time to get our hands on some tools! We always start each Tinkering program with a safety tool training on the the three tools we end up using the most: drills, clamps, and the chop saw. We have a couple tinkering alums in this group, so for them it was a chance to practice their building skills. For many of the others, it was their first time using any these tools. Exciting!
The kids quickly discovered how collaborating makes tinkering so much easier and it feels good too! There were lots of opportunities to help one another hold down pieces of wood while the other drilled.
Clamps don’t get much recognition for all the work they do, but these tools are an essential part of any workshop. After learning how to properly use twist and squeeze clamps, the kids were given a challenge, “can you build a bridge using only clamps and short pieces of 2x3 boards?”
Lastly, but certainly not leastly, the kids were super excited to use the chop saw!
Such a busy and fun first day! We’re excited to welcome Mission club back next week and to reveal the theme of our Tinkering project. The kids can’t wait to start designing and building and soon they’ll have a chance to do just that!
Stay tuned for more next week and in the meantime you can visit our Flickr page to see more of the days’ activities!