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TSAS Juniors: Following Curiousity

After SchoolSean Murray

On Monday, our youngest builders enjoyed one of our favorite "sandbox" experiences. A table filled with DC motors, batteries, wire, corks, markers, tape is presented, plus a few novel items to keep the experience fresh for collaborators. Kids are given the absolute minimum of instruction, just encouragement to pick up the materials, explore them fearlessly, and copy and share ideas liberally.

Dude, I think I figured something out!

After a brief moment of befuddlement -- "Aren't the adults supposed to tell us what to do?" -- kids were off to the races, building machines that walked, sputtered, drew, hummed and lots more that defied categorization.

First, there are wild guesses about how the parts might be used together. Super fun.

Maite makes the motor spin!

Tash and Robert, sharing through osmosis/proximity.

Dash in a moment of frustration--a few setbacks are good, it means the road is sufficiently challenging.

Ideas are contagious, and mutate rapidly.

It spins!

It draws!

It shakes and makes a cool noise!

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