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Trains - Weeks 5-7 - Boys & Girls Clubs (Willie Mays Clubhouse)

B&GClub (Winter 2019), BGCSF TrainKatie McClungComment

It’s the final countdown! Only one more week left at Willie Mays Boys and Girls Clubhouse.

In the past few weeks our group finished three 8 foot long sections of train track. They even built a steep ramp off the indoor staircase to pick up a little speed! After a group design session, they also came up with ideas for the train car and (potentially) a tunnel for the train to run through. We’re all excited for this train to hit the tracks!

Laniya and Audrey attach PVC pipe to lumber as the railings for our train tracks.

Laniya and Audrey attach PVC pipe to lumber as the railings for our train tracks.

Wisemann and Audrey use a hand saw to cut metal pipes for the axles of the train car.

Wisemann and Audrey use a hand saw to cut metal pipes for the axles of the train car.

Several members of the group work together to build the bottom of the train car and test it on the tracks… you can tell by Weismann’s smile that it works!!

Several members of the group work together to build the bottom of the train car and test it on the tracks… you can tell by Weismann’s smile that it works!!

Weismann tests out the train car.

Weismann tests out the train car.

Neveah and Dallas draw the train tunnel together. It’s a beautiful design!

Neveah and Dallas draw the train tunnel together. It’s a beautiful design!

The group tests multiple track pieces together. It works, but there is still some problem solving to do for the connectors.

The group tests multiple track pieces together. It works, but there is still some problem solving to do for the connectors.

Group design session for the ramp.

Group design session for the ramp.

This ramp was built for speed!

This ramp was built for speed!

Laying the tracks… we’re taking over the whole playroom!

Laying the tracks… we’re taking over the whole playroom!

Dallas cuts pieces for the train car.

Dallas cuts pieces for the train car.

Byron and Anthony collaborate on the train tunnel.

Byron and Anthony collaborate on the train tunnel.

Byron and Anthony use a speed square to make measurements for multiple cuts more quickly. Pro moves!

Byron and Anthony use a speed square to make measurements for multiple cuts more quickly. Pro moves!

Mekai cuts metal pipe to use for the connectors between the track rails.

Mekai cuts metal pipe to use for the connectors between the track rails.

Mekai and Brendon modify the wheels and axles of the train car to fit the PVC pipe rails more accurately. Now it’s ready to ride!!!

Mekai and Brendon modify the wheels and axles of the train car to fit the PVC pipe rails more accurately. Now it’s ready to ride!!!

Mekai tests the ramp for the first time!

Mekai tests the ramp for the first time!

It’s even faster than we expected!

It’s even faster than we expected!

Check back in next week for the grand finale of our winter session!

Lots more photos can be found on our Flickr page!

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