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Elephant (Spring 2017)


Elephant (Spring 2017)Brendon BellComment

Our last class! And still so much to do! With no time to lose, we quickly split into groups and tackled our final tasks to bring our elephant to life. We needed to attach the head to its body, perfect the trunk (aka peanut delivery mechanism), connect the ladder, and much more. 

One group tested several iterations for a trunk mechanism. 

Another group worked on securing the ladder so it was stable and safe for humans big and small to climb. They learned about simple solutions to tricky problems like using a lever to twist eye bolts into the wood.

And finally the moment we had long been waiting for, our elephant's head and body were joined together!

We finished just in time as the parents arrived. Now we could finally see if our elephant could feed its squirrel buddy a peanut!

Before trying it out though, we all discussed safety precautions. What should we be watching and listening for to tell us if something goes wrong? We agreed to stand a safe distance in case our elephant was a bit clumsy and missed the squirrel's basket.


And before everyone left, we all got to climb up into our elephant!

It's been a pleasure working on this awesome project with such a dedicated and creative group of young people! 

To check out all the photos from the session visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tinkeringschool/albums/72157678949499344

Second to Last Session: New Tools and Self Direction!

Elephant (Spring 2017)Amanda SimonsComment

Today was the second-to-last session of Thursday After School, and we all started with our best game faces. At the beginning of the afternoon, our elephant that feeds a squirrel to a peanut was in bits and pieces and seriously needed some critical thinking skills and hard work. The bad news, though, everyone had a really long and tiring day today. It was so hard to stay on task and get things done! The good news is that we stuck to it and made some serious progress. 

Let's Pilot an Elephant to Feed a Squirrel!

Elephant (Spring 2017)Amanda SimonsComment

Last week, the Thursday After School Tinkerers were trained in how to safely use the tools, and also in how to treat one another and the space during our Thursday afternoons together. Interspersed in last week's excitement as also lots and lots of chatter about "what's the project?!" What are we going to be working so hard and spending so much time going together? Can we sit in it? Can we play with it? Is it a dragon?

Yes, yes, and maybe?

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