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Video Game Maze- Week 7 - Boys & Girls Clubs (Mission Clubhouse)

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Only one more week to go and our teams are on a roll!!!

The “Boss Toss” team now has a claw machine that is fully operational. Next step is to finish the life-size maze underneath!!

Vassidy, Anthony, and Erick work on installing the Boss Toss pulley.

Vassidy, Anthony, and Erick work on installing the Boss Toss pulley.

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Vassidy, Erick, and Jazmine worked hard installing lines and pulleys to the giant frame so it can move forward and back. They also attached lines that will pull the smaller cart laterally across the frame. The result? Just like a candy claw machine, this jumbo version can move position itself in any direction!

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Erick and Vassidy

Erick and Vassidy

The water and sky team made lots of progress on their tunnels. They attached the hinges for their trap door, plywood sides, and even a roof! They are excited to work on their themed “underwater/bubble” and “night sky” decorations next! Soon they will be combining their decorated tunnels to the rest of the video game maze :) We can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Ailey uses the jigsaw to cut sides and ends for the tunnels.

Ailey uses the jigsaw to cut sides and ends for the tunnels.

We make the night sky happen!!! The Water and Sky team drilled holes in the roof of one of the tunnels to make in look like a starry night from the inside.

We make the night sky happen!!! The Water and Sky team drilled holes in the roof of one of the tunnels to make in look like a starry night from the inside.

Most projects morph , change, and become modified through the building process. The “Can’t Touch the Ground” team’s creation is a great example of that. Their original idea was more like an elevator that moved up and down. But after seeing the zip line that’s installed inside the shop, the elevator was happily transformed into the perfect zip-line mobile! They attached a sliding door and now it is set to fly!

Luckily we were able to re-purpose another after school group’s tower creation. It happens to be just the right height for our tinkerers to climb up on and get into the modified zip-line elevator mobile! The end of this week’s session was spent giving everyone a turn flying down the zip-line. So fun!!!!!

Finally we get to test the zip-line!!!! Fernando is all smiles.

Finally we get to test the zip-line!!!! Fernando is all smiles.

Go Ailey!!

Go Ailey!!

Check back next week to see the video game maze finale!!! and to see more exciting photos, don’t forget to visit our Flickr page :-)

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