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Thanksgiving Break Camp — Day 2

Thanksgiving 2016Daniel BiglerComment

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.)

Before we begin, we gather as a group and take some time to get to know everyone — there are some new tinkerers today, as well as some seasoned pros who were here yesterday. We also discuss the ever-present goals of Tinkering School:

  1. Collaborate and make friends
  2. Make mistakes and learn from them
  3. Try harder than usual
  4. Build something bigger than yourself!

With those in mind, we jump into tool training.

Here, collaborator Molly introduces the Chop Saw…

… Dahlia and Jake try their hands at using drills…

… and Eli uses the wonder of clamps to build a gigantic clamp-bridge out from the table.

After a brief break for some snackage, we get straight to work on our grand project. After surveying what the teams constructed yesterday — the giant's mouth/head, the zipline structure, and a food cube to sail down the zipline — ideas are discussed and plans are made for what might need to be improved, what we want to add, and where to go from here. Then we're off to building!

Zach and the Giant team discuss what to do about the structural… errr… issues that we ran into with the Giant's Head at the end of our build session yesterday, while others cart away the Giant's Mouth to be further embiggened and tooth-ified.

After some work to make the Giant's Mouth bigger, the tooth-ifying begins! Summer, Sienna, and J.J. (with some help from Laila's foot) give the giant some more pearly whites to help it chew better.

Nearby, David, Simi, Laila, Nick, and collaborator Max work on fortifying the Giant's Head with the help of some triangles. (Triangles = structural magic.)

Meanwhile, over at the food delivery system team, work is underway to improve the zipline base structure. Dahlia, Zach, Brian, Dash, and Eli (who have also been infected by the magic of triangles) take the lead.

True to his name, Dash works so fast you can hardly keep up with him.

Collaborator Frannie and Zach begin to construct a platform floor for the zipline structure.

Brian, Dash, and collaborator Lindsey stop by to survey the progress and offer a helping hand.

Sophia, meanwhile, seems to be helping out everywhere — and with a trusty measuring tape at her side, is also available to help with all your measuring needs.

Chop saw cuts are constantly made by all throughout the day, but here we get a special look at Summer, Jake, and J.J.'s super chop saw-ing concentration.

Portrait of a Tinkerer: Jack plays Hide-and-Seek. (Bonus points to you if you can spot him…)

As the day progresses, things begin to take shape. Looking good!

With just a few minutes of building left, Simi makes one final, but important, addition: the eye bolt contraption needed to hold the zipline in place.

With that, our building time is up. We gather together as a group to discuss the day and share our most epic mistakes and what we learned from them.

The day wouldn't be complete, though, without a chance to test our gigantic Giant-Feeding contraption!

We soon discover one huge flaw in our project design: the food cube is just too big and heavy to go on the zipline. Nobody's all that despondent about it, though, since finishing a working project has never been one of Tinkering School's main goals — and sometimes, the fun is all in the building anyway.

… also, platforms. Having platforms to climb on top of is a lot of fun, too.

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