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Spring Games 2015

Spring Break Camp 2015: Games! The hard tinkering begins

Spring Games 2015Lindsay JonesComment
August describes his Hungry Hippo design to the group.

August describes his Hungry Hippo design to the group.

On Tuesday and Wednesday each group transitioned from building basic frames and getting comfortable working with tools to tackling complex design problems and then making physical solutions.

The Hungry Hippos had a brainstorm about how to make hippos that could munch food. They determined that there were two kinds of movement that such a hippo would need: up and down and back and forth. After some discussion they started several different experiments to see what kinds of solutions they could discover!

 

Meanwhile on the other side of the building the Air Hockey team has split up into smaller groups, so that they can work on the goal boxes, the pucks and mallets, and the table itself.

Above the goal boxes with puck ramps are constructed.

Below, the puck and mallet makers experimented with two different ways to make circles.  The super tricksy, mind-blowing way that Sean showed us, where you drill your little square of wood into a piece of plywood that is clamped to the band saw table. Then you pivot the little square into the band saw blade and with lots of concentration you can crank out a circle! 

The 2nd group cut out their squares and then used the grinder to wear down the corners until they had formed a circle. This also took a lot of concentration, so that both fingers and wood didn't get any extra material removed from them!

Silas grinds a puck!

Silas grinds a puck!

Meanwhile, the Shootin' Hoops team are making circles in a totally different way! Their circles are going to be bigger and have the insides removed. They get it done with some team bandsawing and the introduction of the jigsaw!

The outer perimeters are cut on the bandsaw.

The outer perimeters are cut on the bandsaw.

Skye drills large holes so that a jigsaw blade can be inserted to cut out the inner diameter.

Skye drills large holes so that a jigsaw blade can be inserted to cut out the inner diameter.

Dexter takes his turn making a curved cut with the jigsaw!

Dexter takes his turn making a curved cut with the jigsaw!

Whew! These kids took on some pretty hard tasks at this stage. On the other side of the hard work the projects were looking a lot like games they could play, and that excitement was fueling us all to get the projects working!  

Whenever our brains get overheated, it always nice to take a break and decorate. Which makes the projects that much more real.

Spring Break Camp 2015!

Spring Games 2015Lindsay JonesComment

After Monday morning introductions the kids split into groups to learn how to use our most basic tools and each other to build things:

Lucas and Ryker team clamp.

Lucas and Ryker team clamp.

Skye gets comfortable with the chopsaw.

Skye gets comfortable with the chopsaw.

Isaac and Tejal help each other join corners of a frame.

Isaac and Tejal help each other join corners of a frame.

This week the tinkerers had to wait all the way until AFTER LUNCH to find out what we were going to make! Carnival Games had been such a fun theme that we wanted to fill the space with more games.  This week we are making a Game Room! To start the week off we began making an Air-Hockey table, a giant Hungry, Hungry, Hippos game, and a Shootin' Hoops set up! Once the projects were revealed the designing began!

Air Hockey team deliberates...

Air Hockey team deliberates...

...determines dimensions...

...determines dimensions...

... and get's to work!

... and get's to work!

Hungry, Hangry Hippos brainstorm...

Hungry, Hangry Hippos brainstorm...

...frame!....

...frame!....

and sheath!

and sheath!

Shootin' Hoops has had a lean crew and they got their frame up ....

Shootin' Hoops has had a lean crew and they got their frame up ....

some hoops painted!

some hoops painted!

 

By the end of Tuesday a lot of the tinkerers had gotten to use and even become familiar with some of the more complex tools like, the band saw, hand saws, and I saw a hand made compass in use too!

The entire Air Hockey crew was needed to cut this huge plywood!

The entire Air Hockey crew was needed to cut this huge plywood!

Puck design!

Puck design!

When your cut doesn't fit in the BandSaw you gotta do it by hand!

When your cut doesn't fit in the BandSaw you gotta do it by hand!

These projects are all reaching some tricky parts, like hockey goal pocket design, hippo food ramps and hippo design. Can't wait to see how the kids solve these puzzles!

Creating a food arena

Creating a food arena

Tinkering School Zamboni!

Tinkering School Zamboni!

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