It was hard to imagine when we started today that a frame and random kangaroo parts would come together in time to join our puppet parade.
Day 3 started with a reflection on the amazing progress from the days before and a check-in about the tasks needed to complete our respective goals. We may have even strategized a plan to make it to the park - if we tried harder than normal.
We had a fabulous day! It was sunny and full of helpful collaboration between our teams. Everyone arrived with lots of energy and excitement about the projects for today. After a lively check in, we separated into our teams to continue working on our Kangaroo, Kiwi, Pencil Kitty, and People Box.
The first day of the Tinkering School President's Day camp began with an opening circle to meet each other and discuss group agreements.
On Day Three of the New Year Count Down Winter Break Camp, we started with quite the conundrum! Both projects had been worked on for two previous days with two different groups of humans, and now on day three, we set out to try to finish them both and then make them communicate with one another!
Today some tinkerers returned to finish what they started, with the help of some new faces!
After tool practice we visited each project: The Count-down Machine and The Celebration Machine and talked about the goals of each machine and what had been accomplished the day before.
Then the kids started brainstorming how to improve or complete each machine.
Today was Day 1 of a 3-Day Winter Break Camp here at Tinkering School. This Break Camp is unique because we will have an entirely new group of humans EACH DAY, but the project for all three days is going to remain the same. The folks who showed up on Day 1 were able to lay the foundation of the project -- they designed and started the whole ordeal, only to leave the rest of the week's Tinkerers to learn about and add on to an existing structure throughout the week.
WHOA! What a day. We are exhausted and so pumped about our week. We definitely built some thing (many things, in fact) bigger than ourselves. Here are some of the highlights from the last day of TEAM IDITAROD!
Make Mistakes and Learn from Them!
Here at Tinkering School, we have four big goals that keep us motivated to tinker, tinker all week long:
- Collaborate and Make Friends
- Make Mistakes and Learn from Them
- Try Harder than Usual
- Build Something BIGGER than Yourself!
By Wednesday, we've usually hit our stride here at Tinkering School. We've completed bits of our projects and are ready to move on to next steps. There are often cool opportunities for learning new concepts and new tricks once we've gotten a handle on using the tools and working with others.
You always need to make a PLAN!
On Tuesdays, we start our day with a design meeting in our building groups. We brainstorm ideas, develops plans, and make cut lists for the chop saw room. This is an important part of our morning ritual, as it gets all tinkerers on the same page and ready to collaborate for the rest of the day.
Winter Beak Camp 2016 has begun!
After goal setting, establishing shared agreements, and making some wacky name tags at the beginning of day one...
Today was a day full of great alterations and great successes, the perfect way to end this three day workshop! Our giant's "food cube" got a revamp to the "food cone" and the mouth got some serious accessories. A full spread of thanksgiving food was also created for our giant.
It's another fantastic day of Thanksgiving Break Camp as we resume our epic challenge of building a Thanksgiving feast for giants! (Or rather, just one giant. We have to watch the grocery bill.)
Day one of Break Camp! The project for this short three-day week is to build a thanksgiving dinner for giants! To do this, we've decided we need to build both a "mouth" and a "food delivery system."
Oh, hey Team!
My name is Amanda. Nice to meet you. Today is my first day here. I know you all have been building some rad stuff all week, but actually, I don't have any idea what's going on. Jeremy called in sick this morning, and I'm his sub.
Today was about details!
The Escher Stair team started and finished ramps today, with complicated angles.
The Magic Grow Room team had to figure out what kind of material to use to sheath the wall frames with. We measured plywood, paper and then fabric and decided to use the fabric because there was a lot of it and it was silky.
The fabric is super tricky to use, so the kids had to be very careful while attaching it. They formed teams to cut a hole in the right spot and then drill a hole without twisting the fabric into the drill. Then assemble a washer and screw pair to secure the fabric in place. phew!
The Magic Carpet started some beautiful pattern artwork on the carpet they sewed!
Today the tinkerers ooooooozed confidence. Everywhere we looked there were small teams of kids working on projects without any need of an adult. These kids knew what they were working on, what needed to get done, and how to do it.
They had so much confidence that they decided that something new needed to be built.
And then they built it.
The Magic Carpet had a crew working on a crate of fruit inspired from the market scene in the movie Aladdin. The kids decided it didn't really make sense to have a random fruit crate laying around, so there needed to be a Fruit Stand.
Ayden has been a great partner to other tinkerers and giving demos on how to install new hardware to his group. Today he took lead on this Fruit Stand and with the help from other kids, who trickled in from other groups through-out the day, they conceived of and finished it!
When they were ready to add walls to the frame, instead of waiting around for a Collaborator to be available to supervise them on the Band Saw, they found scraps that fit their needs and used those instead.
A sign from a long ago project named the creation the "Red Band Fruit Stand". More tinkerers were drawn over by the creative buzz of Kid Power and started organizing what kinds of snacks and drinks they could bring from home to stock the Fruit Stand. They decided they could donate provisions to sell, so they could donate to Tinkering School.
And look at this Amazing Fruit Crate!!!
Tuesdays are when we get ourselves into gear. Monday left us all revved up and ready to go, but we still need some practice with the drills and to make real plans for what we are really going to build.
The Escher Stairway decided to wrap their minds around regular stairs, before they tried to get really crazy. They began to build a stairway based on the models around our space.
The Magic Carpet team began some prototyping for the illusion part of their project, while others began making things to distract you!
The Stair Team finished two halves of the supports and then compared them to see if they would match up.
The kids decided that the first attempt wasn't up to snuff and they should correct their angles. Having them observe and decide on their own that the project should be improved is so great and it also gives them more opportunities to practice their tool skills!
The Magic Grow Room team had some kids working on furniture for inside the room and some prototyping the room itself, with kids deciding for themselves if they felt like building or hard thinking. They communicated with each other, so that there was always a few brains and hands on each team.
By the end of the day things were definitely coming together.
We started off this week with basic tool training on the drills, chopsaw, and clamps. What can't you do with those tools and a group of friends?! After the kids spent the whole morning learning how to use 3 new tools and each others names they went off to play at the park.
When the kids get back from the park they STILL DON'T KNOW what the project is!!!! Instead of telling us the theme of the week right away, Caroline asked us if we thought she could cut a hole in a piece of paper that she could fit her whole body through.
We then watched Caroline make several small cuts in her paper until she opened it to reveal a ring of paper big enough that she could fit her whole body through! She showed us how our brains are used to assuming how things work and therefore how easy it is to trick them!
This week's theme is inspired by Friday: April Fool's day and we are going to try our hardest to create optical illusions to trick our families eyes and minds on Friday! The projects so far are: a Flying Carpet, an Escher Stairway, and a Magic Grow Room.
We spent the afternoon designing...
Brainstorming with wood...
And helping out our team mates.
Because of the explicit trickery in this week's projects, we started out with some deep, deep thinking about perspective, vanishing points, eyeballs, and squid camouflage. These kids are super committed to making things look and work right this week and we are excited to see them already focussing harder and planning their iterations!