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Cyborgs (Fall 2016)

Tuesday - Cyborgs- Last Day!

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Frannie DiBonaComment

Today was our very last day to work on our cyborg projects! We planned out what we had to do and worked hard to the very last minute to accomplish our goals. We then showed off our hard work to our guests!

We split our board in two and decided on what needed to get done, and the order in which we should do it. Vac-Pac team opted for a larger amount of people, with two things going at once, while the smaller DASD (Drill-Arm Screw-Dispenser) team decided to get done just their top priorities. 

The DASD team starts off by finishing the body of their screw dispenser. Jaro attached the backing that will be used to attach the whole thing onto our drill arm!

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The Vac-Pac team gets to work attaching their arm piece to the vacuum with plumbers clamps! Much sturdier than the previously used masking tape. 

After TONS of tries and many pieces of tiny broken plywood, the DASD team completes their tray! 

The finished screw dispenser!

Sophie experiments with making an extra controller for the Vac-Pac.

After we decided we were officially done, it was time for a serious group hug to congratulate and appreciate each other's hard work before the parents came.

It's testing time! Raj tries out the Vac-Pac while Nolan helps at the other end!

Between testing out our gadgets, we looked back at our originals designs and goals. We realized that even with deviating from our original drawings we were able to complete our original goals for our cyborg!

Even the parents got to try out our gadgets! It was great fun designing and building with this group, we hope to get to tinkering with them all again soon!

TUESDAY TINKERING AFTERSCHOOL - WEEK 8!!

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Sage RyanComment

Its our second to last Thursday session, and the crew are rock stars in the shop, addressing two of our unfinished face pieces for our Mr. Potato Head. With the eyes and the ears finished, folks who worked on the nose wanted to wrap that up, and another group decided to begin rebuilding the mouth! 

The mouth had fallen apart a couple weeks back. A group of tinkerers set to investigating discombobulated wooden pile of lips and teeth. why and discovered that the screws they had used were too small to strongly hold the structure together. 

 unscrewing and rescrewing with longer screws.

 unscrewing and rescrewing with longer screws.

The mouth group quickly re-built it, and as they looked at their structure, another idea was sparked... 

So the team got to work on designing a tongue for Mr. Potato Head to stick out!! It was agreed that in order to resemble the organic curve of that body part, we'd need to make some angled cuts. 

and that we did!

and that we did!

Once all the cuts were made, the pieces were clamped together in their desired shape, and the team secured them into a big long tongue!

in the rear of this picture, the new mouth can be seen in all its monstrous rectangular glory

in the rear of this picture, the new mouth can be seen in all its monstrous rectangular glory

All the while, another team had been finishing the nose. 

Last week's session ended with an almost completed nose, and the tinkerers only needed three more side panels. They took their measurements and got to the band saw!

The crew finished applying the panels to the nose with plenty of session time left over, and the idea arose to give Potato head a hair accessory under his big green nose... a mustache!!

But how to make wood look hairy?? The nose-turned-mustache-team decided to use para-cord for some texture. They drilled holes into their plywood 'stache.... (and learned to use a drill-bit a bit bigger than usual!) 

and strung it up!!!

With all the team's progress today, it looks like the tinkerers may be able to dedicate their last session to putting all these body parts onto Mr. Potato Head's Head!!

Tuesday- Cyborgs- Week 7

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Frannie DiBonaComment

Today, we accomplished a lot of our goals and got even closer to finishing our projects! Vacuum team figured out how to connect their vacuum and handle together bringing them one step closer to having control over their arm. The screw dispenser team made serious progress on their screw-holder box, and now have only their collection box and attachment left to do!

We started this week off by learning about priorities and prioritizing what needed to be done between the two teams. 

Our Goals: "More than one" screw needs to be held in our box, and the "skroos" need to fall into the "bosk." 

The screw dispenser team tests out where the dispenser will be most comfortable on the drill arm.

August and Festus try out ways to connect their vacuum and the extendable arm.

Connecting the two requires support from a partner!

The almost-finished screw dispenser! There are two compartments in order to hold two sizes of screws without them mixing.

The vacuum arm team learns to use the bandsaw so they can test their next connection method.

The doors won't close! The screw dispenser team discovered they needed to shave down the sides of their box in order for the door to close.

The next iteration of connection for the vacuum arm team includes pieces of plywood in lieu of just drilling through cardboard.

At closing circle we check off the goals we completed today! August and Festus shared how they were thankful for each other's help in drilling, and Nolan was thankful for Raj's help on creating the box! 

Tuesdays- Cyborgs- Major Progress Day!!!

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Frannie DiBonaComment

We switched it up today and decided to leave our drill arm's finishing touches for later and move onto a new project with switched up groups! The backpack team made serious progress on the PVC joints and the frame and our new Screw Dispenser team started their build!

The backpack team works on the best way to support our vacuum.

The screw dispenser team measures their box sides before cutting them out

Noe double checks the measurements with precision

Time to cut! Don't forget the push stick

Everyone tries their hand at the bandsaw!

Over at the drill press, we use a clamp to get the PVC pieces apart!

The after math of discovery

We have a vacuum backpack coming along nicely! Our drill arm remains patiently in the background awaiting a screw dispenser. Three more weeks to go and our cyborg is coming along beautifully!

Tuesdays - Cyborgs - Week 6

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Lindsay JonesComment

Today the teams worked on fine tune, very specific and frustrating parts of their projects.

Noe unsticks a jammed connection.

Noe unsticks a jammed connection.

The Vacuum Arm team is finding that mass producing their flexible connections is pretty tricky.  Last week they carefully measured out where to cut channels to fit the slider screws in. Today we discovered that measuring doesn't always match up with how things fit in real life.  When we tried to fit the pipes with channels into the connectors with holes, they didn't match up and definitely weren't flexible! UGGGHHGGGHHH!

Jaro and Nolan hold the support in the right place, while Raj attaches it!

Jaro and Nolan hold the support in the right place, while Raj attaches it!

Drill Arm team had a drill support to attach in just the right place as well as control strings that needed to be attached so they would last and also be exactly the right length. Two things that required very exact alignment and was much easier with 2 or3 or 4 helping hands!

Festus rotates the inner pipe to mark where the channel should go.

Festus rotates the inner pipe to mark where the channel should go.

To solve the measuring theoretical placement vs real life placement the Vacuum Arm team returned to the way they marked the original test connection: sticking a pencil through the screw hole and rotating the inner pipe to draw a line around it where the screw needs to go.

Drill Arm team learned a new knot! The Figure 8! They decided to use this knot, because it doesn't loosen and untie itself easily.

After a brain curdling afternoon of aligning, attaching, un doing and realigning - here is the final drill rig! The group spent the rest of the afternoon investigating more cushy materials, to make the arm more comfortable.

Over at the Vacuum Arm, Munir was working on making the vacuum into a backpack, by attaching straps to our frame.  Drilling through fabric is ridiculously difficult, because it likes to move with the drill bit. Last week we had struggled with wrapping the straps around the drill when we attempted to attach them to the wood. This week Munir clamp the fabric down tight so that it stayed in place while he secured it. Worked like a charm!

At the end of the day we spent a few minutes reflecting on our day. We all drew a picture of what we were proud of and something that we felt we could work harder on next time.  Each tinkerer  spent several minutes illustrating and making notes for each prompt and were super thoughtful - even though some were afraid to share. Taking the time to remember the triumphs of the day along with realizing where we could do better felt really nice.

Tuesdays, week 5 - problems, solve-ems.

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Dee PearceComment

This week, we dealt with more nuances problems in building the bionic drill arm and vacuum extender.  we had solved a lot of big problems last week, and so now the matter was dealing with the unexpected.

The drill arm team began by working on how to get the drill trigger to be pulled remotely.  The used a combination of parachord, eye hooks and wooden extenders to come up with an initial iteration.

Jaro and Raj figure out the trigger-pull-string set up

Jaro and Raj figure out the trigger-pull-string set up

After realizing the issue with the direction of forces being put on the trigger, they tried a new method and added a few more eye hooks

Raj carefully threads the chord through the series of eye-hooks, making sure the forces on each side are balanced. 

Raj carefully threads the chord through the series of eye-hooks, making sure the forces on each side are balanced. 

It's time to test it out!

Raj gets strapped up to drill! this is his first time in the new harness setup, and he finds the heavy appendage much easier to lift!

Raj gets strapped up to drill! this is his first time in the new harness setup, and he finds the heavy appendage much easier to lift!

the tool gets inserted, and the trigger pull works! However, the drill is tough to control and Raj needs Nolans help in order to hit his mark with the drill.

the tool gets inserted, and the trigger pull works! However, the drill is tough to control and Raj needs Nolans help in order to hit his mark with the drill.

Drill arm team keeps encountering problem after problem and solving them like pros on the fly!  They use the chopsaw and drill press to get a bunch more pieces set up for next week!

They also love hats!

They also love hats!

Vacuum arm again was working in two teams, the PVC team and the backpack team.  

Vac-pack team began making a skeleton for the vacuum to sit in.

August and Festus lay out pieces

August and Festus lay out pieces

and then attaching pieces together!

and then attaching pieces together!

Meanwhile, Noe and Lindsay began to mass produce flexible PVC connections using the jig that Sophie and Noe had made last week.

Noe uses a variety of tools to cut and shape the PVC.

the whole group reconvenes to discuss future plans!

the whole group reconvenes to discuss future plans!

Tuesdays, Week 4: try, try and try again

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Dee PearceComment

This week the vacuum arm and drill arm continued to grow.  Problems that came up last week were solved, re-solved, and then re-solved again.  In addition to facing new problems, we also had a new face in class today, August!  

Vacuum team split into two groups and began experimenting: how to extend the vacuum tube, and how to cut down a specific joint in order to loosen it.

Noe and Sophie began tinkering with how to make a jig for the PVC.  the measurements of the wood and the PVC didn't quite line up so they had to try a bunch of times to figure out a way to keep the slippery pipe in place.  

Building the first jig!

Building the first jig!

Second iteration.  Sophie and Noe realize that its not quite tight enough, and set out to find a sliver of wood to fill the gap.

Second iteration.  Sophie and Noe realize that its not quite tight enough, and set out to find a sliver of wood to fill the gap.

Final solution!  Sophie and Noe find the only piece of wood in the shop that could fill the gap!

Final solution!  Sophie and Noe find the only piece of wood in the shop that could fill the gap!

Finally they can start setting about on using the hacksaw to trim the joint to the length that they want.

Finally they can start setting about on using the hacksaw to trim the joint to the length that they want.

Meanwhile in the other vacuum team set about figuring out how to extend the range of the vacuum hose, as well as how to wear the backpack on their backs!  

Munir and August tinker with the interface between the PVC and the vacuum hose.

Munir and August tinker with the interface between the PVC and the vacuum hose.

Munir and August make measurements and test materials for the vacuum-backpack.

On the drill-arm side of the shop, Nolan and Jaro experiment with how to attach the device they made last week to the wearers body so it doesn't feel as heavy. 

Jaro and Nolan decide to add webbing straps around the wearer's torso, but their first iteration turns out to be uncomfortable!  They scrounge for new and different materials and settle on using a webbing strap holder as well.  They have to figure out how best to affix this, and then hot to get the straps around the wearer.  After many tries, it finally works!

Tuesdays, Week 3: Making things that look like stuff!

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Dee PearceComment

This week we got to skip all the talking and dive right into building.  We quickly went back over what we did last week and then divided up into our two groups: mechanical drill arm and mechanical vacuum arm. 

The Drill arm team quickly realized that the box that they made last week was far too big, so they quickly began to make a new one that would fit their arms better.

Jaro uses the bandsaw like a pro to quickly cut more pieces for the drill arm.

Jaro uses the bandsaw like a pro to quickly cut more pieces for the drill arm.

Once they had made four new sides, the drill team put them together to make one part of the hinged arm-piece.

 

Meanwhile, the vacuum team began to experiment with the PVC pipe.  

Munir learns how to use a PVC cutter and uses it to cut down the long pieces into more manageable lengths. 

Munir learns how to use a PVC cutter and uses it to cut down the long pieces into more manageable lengths. 

They used joints and pieces of different lengths to figure out how to reach a vacuum to a mess that was 8 feet away from the user.  The PVC turned out to be quite different from the wood that they had been experimenting with the week before, and it took a little while for them to figure out the material properties of these pipes.

Festus (Jules) experiments with joining the PVC pipe together.

Festus (Jules) experiments with joining the PVC pipe together.

Sophie and Noe collaborate with Lindsay on pipe joinery as well.

Sophie and Noe collaborate with Lindsay on pipe joinery as well.

On the Drill arm side of the shop, the two arm boxes are finished and are ready to be joined together with a hinge.  Even our shortest screws are sticking through the plywood into the inside of the box, so Jaro and Nolan have to come up with a solution

They experiment with washers...

They experiment with washers...

and end up using both nuts and washers as spacers!

and end up using both nuts and washers as spacers!

After figuring out how to attach the hinge safely, however, Nolan and Jaro realize that the arm piece is really uncomfortable to wear!  They look for ways to solve this problem, and end up lining the inside with soft felt and cloth. 

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on the PVC side of the shop, the tinkerers are still fiddling with attatchments.

They try screws

They try screws

They try clamps

They try clamps

While Noe and Sophie work on pipe attachments, Festus works on a way to connect the PVC pieces to the human body.  He finds a suitable piece of tube, cuts it to fit on his arm, and then attaches an internal handle.

The drill side takes a break to tinker with the scraps that they created while Raj displays all that they've built this session.

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Look at all we made!

Look at all we made!

See y'all next week!

Tuesdays, week 2: design, plan, go!

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Dee PearceComment

After spending last week getting to know a new space, new tools and new friends, we dove into project design headfirst today.  The tinkerers arrived apprehensive about learning what the project was, and everyone had their own ideas of what it would be.  During opening circle, after re-going over what our Tinkering School goals are, the project was finally revealed.

CYBORGS!!!!  The tinkerers were charged to think about how mechanical add-ons could help them preform everyday tasks.  After a few minutes to get all of their ideas down on paper, Jules describes his vision of a many-armed robot suit.

CYBORGS!!!!  The tinkerers were charged to think about how mechanical add-ons could help them preform everyday tasks.  After a few minutes to get all of their ideas down on paper, Jules describes his vision of a many-armed robot suit.

After pooling ideas and looking at similarities between visions, we decided that we wanted to begin by making two mechanical arms that could do two different things around the shop: drill and vacuum.  We split up into two teams and began to design in more detail.

Raj explains the design trajectory for the drill arm team--a hinged sleeve that the drill can fit on the end of. 

Raj explains the design trajectory for the drill arm team--a hinged sleeve that the drill can fit on the end of. 

After thinking about the "what?" and then designing the "how?" the Tinkerers dove into building.

The Vacuum team decided early on that PVC pipe would be the best material to realize their vision, but they had no PVC this week, so had to improvise.  they used wood pieced to prototype flexible ways that a vacuum could extend 8 feet beyond the user's body.

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Noe, Munir, Sophie, and Jules experiment with swiveling mechanisms in an effort to prototype and flexible extendo-arm for the vacuum.

Noe, Munir, Sophie, and Jules experiment with swiveling mechanisms in an effort to prototype and flexible extendo-arm for the vacuum.

  The drill team quickly started work on their hinged sleeve, beginning by slicing plywood into specifically measured pieces on the bandsaw.

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Nolan, Raj and Jaro learn how to use the bandsaw and work together to cut out the pieces for their sleeve.

Nolan, Raj and Jaro learn how to use the bandsaw and work together to cut out the pieces for their sleeve.

After cutting the pieces out, Drill team had to put their box together, which turned out to be a delicate operation, as the plywood was thin and splintered easily.

Success!! 

Success!! 

For closing circle we all came back together and both teams discussed what they had done.  Everyone was very impressed by the work the tinkerers had gotten done in such a short amount of time!

We can't wait until next week!

We can't wait until next week!

Tuesdays, week 1: new skillz

Cyborgs (Fall 2016)Dee PearceComment

Today was the first day of Tinkering School After School for the fall season of 2016!  We started off strong with a great group of kids learning some new skills and making some new friends.    

Collaborator Lindsay discusses the goals that we had for the Tinkering School session: collaborate and make friends, try harder than usual, make mistakes and learn from them, and make something bigger than ourselves.

Collaborator Lindsay discusses the goals that we had for the Tinkering School session: collaborate and make friends, try harder than usual, make mistakes and learn from them, and make something bigger than ourselves.

After discussing goals and group agreements, it was time to dive into tool training.  We started off learning how to use the chop say and getting comfortable wearing safety goggles and earmuffs.

Sophie displays excellent form while using the chop saw.  everyone got a chance to try it out today after learning some finger-saving safety tips.

Sophie displays excellent form while using the chop saw.  everyone got a chance to try it out today after learning some finger-saving safety tips.

Next on the list was clamps.  Although they were not as loud or dangerous as the chop saw, we quickly learned that they could be just as much fun.

Raj and Jules practice rudimentary clamping

Raj and Jules practice rudimentary clamping

Soon we learned how to clamp in many complex ways, and created this cantilevering contraption

Soon we learned how to clamp in many complex ways, and created this cantilevering contraption

After clamps we went into drill training.  Drills are the most versatile tool used at the Tinkering School, so we spent the most time learning them.

Lindsay goes over the ins and outs of the drill settings as well as proper drilling technique.

Lindsay goes over the ins and outs of the drill settings as well as proper drilling technique.

Jaro, Munir and Nolan go above and beyond the simple task of building a quadrilateral and make a super-strong ladder.  They're learning that its much easier to drill as a team. 

Jaro, Munir and Nolan go above and beyond the simple task of building a quadrilateral and make a super-strong ladder.  They're learning that its much easier to drill as a team. 

After completing the projects and cleaning up, we have closing circle.  Noe describes how she learned what all the little buttons on the drills mean.  Jules comments on how necessary it is to wear ear protection in the chop saw room.  Everyone is tired from school that day, but tried harder than usual and crammed a bunch of new skills into only a couple of hours.  Until next Tuesday, when we reveal our session project!

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