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Mini Golf - Week 3

Mini Golf (Winter 2019)Brendon BellComment

"FORE!”

According to wikipedia: "Fore!", originally a Scots interjection, is used to warn anyone standing or moving in the flight of a golfball.”

Luckily for the purposes of our tinkering week, our golf balls will generally not be taking flight…other than leaping over small motes, traveling across 80ft ziplines, and launching into the mouth of a dog who’s name is Blobby.

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Having shared that safety tid-bit, were happy to also share a snapshot of the progress our tinkering crew made this week!

In the “Dragon team,” Ava, Audrey, and Conrad finished the main structure of their ball pit and assembled the frame for the body of the dragon. The next step was deciding on what kind of face they wanted their dragon to have! They tried a few – one looked too much like a horse, one looked too mean, and they finally landed on one that everyone was happy with. The team also went on their first adventure to scrap alley (behind the chop saw room) to find pieces of plywood that would work for the sides of the ball pit. They’re looking forward to their next design session to decide how to putt the golf ball into the dragons mouth before it flies down the zip line!

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The “Blobby Dog” team is going big!!! But with big structures also comes the need for structural supports to match. Clay, Niam, and Bridger all worked hard this week on making “Blobby Dog’s” house a little less wobbly.

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The pieces came together fast this week for the “Volcano” team. With side rails cut and assembled, now they have a putting green that is ready for golfing!

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They also had a chance to work with new materials and new tools like the jigsaw and hacksaw.

Ayana practices with the jig saw. Great two handed form!

Ayana practices with the jig saw. Great two handed form!

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Keira learned how to set a guide to measure the length of 2x3” she wants to cut. Instead of using a standard tape measure for every cut, she can slide the measuring guide across its track to set the correct distance.

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The Volcano team also had a blast cutting and bending PVC pipe to begin creating the frame of the mighty volcano!

Mathew super focused on his cut.

Mathew super focused on his cut.

Keira, Zane, and Ayana use their collective strength to bend PVC pipe into the shape of a volcano.

Keira, Zane, and Ayana use their collective strength to bend PVC pipe into the shape of a volcano.

Another great week in Tinkering Mini Golf World! Check back soon to see how this epic course takes shape!

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