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Video Games (Winter 2019)

Video Game Maze- Finale! - Boys & Girls Clubs (Mission Clubhouse)

Video Games (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

GAME ON! Our last week with the Boys and Girls Mission Club was a blast! All the pieces came together for a pac-man inspired obstacle course that was fun for everyone.

The water and sky team finished their underwater tunnels with christmas lights, interior drawings, and reflective squishy material to complete the theme AND make it more comfortable to crawl through.

After crawling through the underwater tunnels, the video game players/tinkerers made their way up the sky tunnel covered in clouds to the tower. From the upper deck of the tower the tinkerers could crawl into the elevator zip-line mobile, flying under the bridge, and ending by running into Kai (our fearless human brake system!)

From there the obstacles really came into play…once each player left the elevator-mobile the ghosts started to chase them as human pac-men! Two tinkerers controlled the pulleys to move the ghosts from the staircase, doing their best to chase and catch the pac-men as they strategically made their way through the maze. Our tinkerers came up with creative and silly ways to avoid the ghosts, but some of them still got caught!

The Water and Sky team make the night sky with drills, christmas lights, and making tape.

The Water and Sky team make the night sky with drills, christmas lights, and making tape.

Marina drills like a pro!

Marina drills like a pro!

Edwin makes a mitered cut for the supports of the walls of the maze.

Edwin makes a mitered cut for the supports of the walls of the maze.

Sarah and Erick work on the pac man maze.

Sarah and Erick work on the pac man maze.

Ailey and Marina have fun decorating the inside of the underwater tunnels.

Ailey and Marina have fun decorating the inside of the underwater tunnels.

First up to fly: Javier!!!

First up to fly: Javier!!!

Elias finds sneaky ways of avoiding the ghost by slinking and sliding on his back and belly through the maze… he wins!

Elias finds sneaky ways of avoiding the ghost by slinking and sliding on his back and belly through the maze… he wins!

Anthony gets face to face with the ghost!

Anthony gets face to face with the ghost!

Ailey aka “Canada” gets ready to jump on the elevator zip-line mobile from the cloud tower.

Ailey aka “Canada” gets ready to jump on the elevator zip-line mobile from the cloud tower.

Marina, last but not least, flies down the zip line while blasting her kazoo. :)

Marina, last but not least, flies down the zip line while blasting her kazoo. :)

Talent, playfulness, and creativity combined for a an inventive end to our 8 week after school session :-)

A BIG thank you to all of the Mission - Boys & Girls Clubs of SF tinkerers who joined us this Winter !!

To see all the photos from this epic session, don’t forget to visit our Flickr page!

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

Video Games (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

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 :-)

Video Games Maze - Weeks 4 -6 - Boys & Girls Clubs (Mission Clubhouse)

B&GClub (Winter 2019), Video Games (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

The Mission Clubhouse is on a mission! Our life-size Video Game Maze is taking shape and soon we’ll be ready to test it out! The past two weeks have been fun-filled and action packed for our three groups. ”The Water and Sky” team finished the frame of their two tunnels and are starting to add walls and secret doors. “Can’t Touch the Ground” team finished the frame to their elevator and added a door as well. Next they will be working on their pulley system for lifting it up into the air! The “Boss Toss” team also finished their suspended track (think candy claw machine) which will move the ghosts back and forth through the sky as it chases us trough the Video Game Maze!

Noehmy uses the band saw to cut the floor for the elevator.

Noehmy uses the band saw to cut the floor for the elevator.

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Javier cuts pieces to finish the elevator frame.

Javier cuts pieces to finish the elevator frame.

Team work! Noehmy, Elias, and Javier carry lumber together to the chop saw room.

Elias attaches the floor of the elevator.

Elias attaches the floor of the elevator.

Kai and Elias add structural supports.

Kai and Elias add structural supports.

A job well done! Javier and Noehmy test out the movable door/entrance of the elevator.

A job well done! Javier and Noehmy test out the movable door/entrance of the elevator.

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The “Water and Sky” team think about how they want their tunnels to connect together for their underwater maze.

Ailey uses a handsaw for the first time :)

Ailey uses a handsaw for the first time :)

Bella rocks it on the drill…

Bella rocks it on the drill…

And on the jigsaw with Sarah too!!!

And on the jigsaw with Sarah too!!!

We are on the move!!!

It’s week six and the pieces are coming together. Today our group made some giant leaps forward with their life size video game maze and we celebrated by taking turns flying down the zip line elevator at the end of the day!

The “Water and Sky“ team finished the sides and roof to one of their tunnels and the second one is almost finished. Soon we will have the secret passageways and connections between tunnels completed. and the tunnels are turning into a Elias and Bella brainstormed on some decoration themes to create a night sky and a bubbly, underwater environment. Stay tuned to see where these secret passageways lead!

The “Can’t Touch the Ground Team” has taken off! With doors and pulleys adjusted and attached their elevator is ready for the zip line. Check out these fun test runs!

The Boss Toss team attached more of their Pac-Man style ghosts and soon they will be flying and chasing us all around.

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Check back soon to see more exciting progress and be sure to visit our Flickr page for more photos of all the action!

Video Game Maze - Week 3 - Boys and Girls Clubs - Mission Clubhouse

B&GClub (Winter 2019), Video Games (Winter 2019)Katie McClungComment

Week 3 flew by as we jumped straight into “full swing” building mode! Our Tinkerers are improving their building skills with each new challenge, often leading to modified designs and plenty of “a-ha” moments. Our dedicated team continued to make tons of progress on their Video Game Maze elements which include an elevator, zig zag tunnels, and a suspended track (complete with pulleys!).

Edwin and Anthony work on the new frame.

Edwin and Anthony work on the new frame.

Tightening the ropes so the pulley car can easily glide across.

Tightening the ropes so the pulley car can easily glide across.

By building a smaller frame, replacing wheels with pulleys, and changing the placement of the ropes within the frame, the “Boss Toss” group has created a more efficient and lighter structure for their project!

Vassidy and Anthony attach pulleys to the car.

Vassidy and Anthony attach pulleys to the car.

The car glided perfectly along the ropes! A successful test!

The car glided perfectly along the ropes! A successful test!

The “Can’t Touch the Ground” team also made tons of progress building the frame for their elevator and cutting out a plywood floor. Noehmy and Elias had a chance to practice using the band saw for the first time!

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And this week the “Water and Sky Team” finished their first tunnel section and gave it a test run/crawl!

Bella drilled the top structural supports for the zig-zag tunnel’s frame and added gussets for extra strength.

Bella drilled the top structural supports for the zig-zag tunnel’s frame and added gussets for extra strength.

Test crawl!!

Test crawl!!

Be sure to visit us next week to watch this exciting video game maze take shape!

As always, more photos of all the fun can be found on our Flickr page!

Video Game Maze - Weeks 1 & 2 - Boys and Girls Clubs - Mission Clubhouse

Video Games (Winter 2019), B&GClub (Winter 2019)Julie PeriComment

Hellooo Tinkerers!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and are happy to welcome you back with our winter edition of the Tinkering After School Program with the Boys and Girls Club Mission Clubhouse.

Last Tuesday we visited the Mission Clubhouse to meet our new crew of tinkerers and to reveal the project theme we will be working on for the next 8 weeks. as well as begin our design session.

We started the day with group agreements. Each session we create custom group agreements with the tinkerers. We do this to give them ownership over their participation and to encourage them to make choices that will best support them in the workspace. Everyone signs to show that they agree, and they are giving their word to keep these agreements.

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Then we revealed the project… we’re going to build a giant video game maze where we will navigate all kinds of fun obstacles to complete the level!!

With new inspiration, our tinkerers split into groups to come up with their own individual design ideas before combining them all into one plan. At tinkering school we focus on group projects to encourage collaboration between tinkerers.

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The end result of the design session was three different project focuses:

Water and Sky Team!

Water and Sky Team!

Can’t Touch the Ground Team!

Can’t Touch the Ground Team!

Boss Toss Team!

Boss Toss Team!

After we were done with our designing phase of the project, we brought the Mission Clubhouse back over to our workshop for tool training. One of our collaborators, Kai demonstrates the safety techniques and benefits for using clamps.

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To test out the skills they learned, Kai gave each group of tinkerers a challenge to complete with the clamps. David and Vassidy practice clamping pieces of wood to the saw horse to complete their challenge of making a bridge.

Learning how to use tools isn’t all seriousness! Megan provides an opportunity for our Water and Sky team to measure how tall they want their zig zag tunnel to be.

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Many of our tinkerers like to come back to our programs because they have so much fun and enjoy learning new skills, as well as improving on skills they already have. Edwin and Anthony have participated in previous sessions with the Boys and Girls Club and we are excited to see them back in the shop!

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Last (and certainly not least) our new crew learned how to use the…CHOP SAW! (also known as a compound miter saw). Katie explains to the tinkerers the safety requirements of using this saw, including discussing the infamous blood bubble (a large area around the blade all fingers and body parts must stay out of). At Tinkering School we thoroughly go over the safety of each tool for the tinkerers, so that they feel safe and empowered when using them. Don’t forget to put on your safety goggles and ear protection before using this saw!

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Once our teams completed their tool training, it was time to build and put our new skills to use!

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So many opportunities to use all the tools and to collaborate. We can accomplish so much more when we build together!

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Join us next week to see what our tinkerers create next. This is going to be a project you wont want to miss!

To see more photos from our tinkering time, be sure to visit our Flickr page!

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