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Mini Golf- Final Week!

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Parents and Families arrive for the final showcase… time to play mini-golf!

Parents and Families arrive for the final showcase… time to play mini-golf!

This week was our “Season Finale” and our tinkerers finally got to test out the entire exciting mini-golf course with their families! Check out the final products!

The Dragon Golf team was small but mighty, joining forces to get “Bob” the dragon ready to fly! Putters started from the loft above the shop and putted a ball into a set of two large cardboard tubes. (One of which was hanging from the ceiling!) The golf ball rolled down the cardboard tubes into the Bob’s belly. Bob the Dragon then flew down the zip line and hit a stop at the top of the bridge. Whoever putted the ball had to run down the stairs in time to open Bob the Dragon’s trap door to drop the golf ball into the ball pit!

Audrey and Conrad drill holes to get Bob ready to attach to the zip-line.

Audrey and Conrad drill holes to get Bob ready to attach to the zip-line.

Ava smiles big for the camera as the golf ball flies down two cardboard tubes and into the dragon’s belly!!

Ava smiles big for the camera as the golf ball flies down two cardboard tubes and into the dragon’s belly!!

Ava is the first to putt for the Bob the Dragon, Dragon-Golf course.

Ava is the first to putt for the Bob the Dragon, Dragon-Golf course.

“Bob the Dragon” flies down the zip-line towards the ball pit!

“Bob the Dragon” flies down the zip-line towards the ball pit!

Zane and Conrad use the trap belly door to drop the golf ball into the ball pit.

Zane and Conrad use the trap belly door to drop the golf ball into the ball pit.

Blobby Dog (and its house) came together as a two-tiered green. Putters had to climb up a set of stairs to the platform and then putted their golf ball into a tube that went from the platform down through Blobby Dog’s head onto the second putting green.

Bridger inspects the PVC pipes and connections for the Blobby Dog course… it works!

Bridger inspects the PVC pipes and connections for the Blobby Dog course… it works!

Nola catches the golf ball into a cup. Success!

Nola catches the golf ball into a cup. Success!

Clay tests and repairs the last connection point for the Blobby Dog course.

Clay tests and repairs the last connection point for the Blobby Dog course.

The Volcano Team had lots to do to complete their course in time!

Keira and Ayana use the chuck drill to make a hole for the jig saw blade so they can cut out the most important part of the course!

Keira and Ayana use the chuck drill to make a hole for the jig saw blade so they can cut out the most important part of the course!

Owen and the Volcano team work on constructing the putting green.

Owen and the Volcano team work on constructing the putting green.

Success! The Volcano team was able to complete their course and then it was time for playing some mini golf!

The Volcano course in action. You have to hit your gall ball into the center tunnel in order for it to be transported up the pulley powered elevator. At the top of the elevator, the golf ball is dumped into the cardboard tube for a hole in one if your lucky!

The Volcano course in action. You have to hit your gall ball into the center tunnel in order for it to be transported up the pulley powered elevator. At the top of the elevator, the golf ball is dumped into the cardboard tube for a hole in one if your lucky!

Esme and Keira in an active volcano!

Esme and Keira in an active volcano!

Hole in one!

Hole in one!

The Mini Golf Course was such a fun and interactive project! Each team brought their visions to life and everyone (collaborators, tinkerers, and their families!) had a great time getting to play the course and test their putting prowess. A big thank you to all our hardworking and enthusiastic tinkerers who participated in the winter after-school session!

To see more exciting photos from each week, please visit our Mini Golf Flickr album. See you next time!

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