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February Games 2015

February Break Camp! Building Our Framework

February Games 2015Lindsay JonesComment
Sabi helps Aasha get some body weight behind the drill.

Sabi helps Aasha get some body weight behind the drill.

We were super lucky to have a bunch of kids that wanted to spend their February break week tinkering with us!

Monday's tool training was much like any other: some kids quickly picked up the finesse of using a drill - most realised they would need a lot more practice; a few kids were stoked to try out the chop saw - and a few were too cautious to give it a try; and some kids began new friendships while helping each other clamp wood together.

Pascal, Romy, Jacob, and Isaac work together to get the hang of clamps.

Pascal, Romy, Jacob, and Isaac work together to get the hang of clamps.

After revealing the theme - Carnival Games - and first set of projects: Ticket Booth, Ring Toss, and something that never got a more succinct name than "Game Where You Throw At The Targets And It Comes Back To You", the tinkerers grouped themselves by project interests and we were off!  It was obvious very early on that this group already had a good understanding of another tool before they walked through our doors - Teamwork.  

As I moved through the space I heard a lot of voices asking what they could do to help, could they get someone more screws, and could they cut anything for you? Cleaning the shop and work spaces  was quick and easy, because the kids were so eager to pitch in! Awesome.

Ronan and Jayden get measurements during project design.

Ronan and Jayden get measurements during project design.

With all of that willingness to help each other master new tools and run errands on others' behalf, by the end of the first day we had some serious frames done. 

Aasha and Ava attach to walls of the Ticket Booth together.

Aasha and Ava attach to walls of the Ticket Booth together.

The thoughtfulness and confidence of these tinkerers also allowed for several other "beyond basic" tools to come out on the first day of camp. It was clear we were going to get complex this week!

Kyler uses the Skilsaw to make a long cut.

Kyler uses the Skilsaw to make a long cut.

Isaac uses the drill press to make large diameter holes for the Ring Toss project.

Isaac uses the drill press to make large diameter holes for the Ring Toss project.

Ava makes a cut on the chopsaw!

Ava makes a cut on the chopsaw!

February Break Camp: Spreading Their Wings!

February Games 2015Lindsay JonesComment

By the middle of the week Ring Toss was being field tested and "Throw a ball at the target and it comes back to you" was basically complete, with a couple really dedicated tinkerers perfecting some finicky spots. The ticket booth had walls and a counter - it just needed some decorative wall art for atmosphere and, of course, tickets!

With a huge sense of accomplishment and confidence through the roof, the oldest tinkerers, were ready to create their own Carnival Games - no adults necessary. 

Izzie's plan for a Moving Target game.

Izzie's plan for a Moving Target game.

A group of the oldest tinkerers immediately got started on a Test of Strength game. With so many excited people working on one project things could have gotten out of control. However, this group worked so well together, discussing each other's ideas, splitting up tasks, and even shopping out some artwork to other tinkerers that were more inclined with artistic renderings. Their machine took shape quickly!

Test of Strength!

Test of Strength!

Izzie was set on a Moving Target game and had a design ready and started construction on her own!  She asked for help when she needed it and got a dedicated helper or two.

Izzie has her business pants on.

Izzie has her business pants on.

The rest of the tinkerers began work on some more complex games than the first round. We started work on Ski-ball Frog-Bog and Feed the Cyclops!  Each of these games had at least one moving part or expanded on an idea from one of the more basic games.  We really set our ambitions high - we wanted to have so much fun on Friday! Were we going to finish them all in time!?

Cyclops chompers?

Cyclops chompers?

Future Ski-Ball!

Future Ski-Ball!

Future Frog-Bog !!

Future Frog-Bog !!

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