Well, here it is. The end of August. We have had so many fun projects at Junior Day Camp this summer, from Dinosaurs to Poop Week and Space Week to Get Across the River! The time just flew by and we feel so lucky to have done so much collaborating, worked with so many great tinkerers, built BIG things, tried REALLY hard, and made so many excellent mistakes. Let's do it again next summer! Let the fall tinkering begin!
What an intense building week at Junior Day Camp! We can hardly believe we made it to Friday!
The morning was our final building session and it was important for us all to GO SLOW. When we are running out of time to do things that we want to do, too often we will rush, make silly mistakes (the kind that maybe we should have ALREADY learned from), or even get hurt. We were mindful to slow down and focus on collaborating instead of finishing the project. In fact, we even talked about how finishing the projects is NOT one of our four Tinkering School goals!
It turns out that it's really hard to cross an imaginary river. It's really hard to build a bridge and a train out of precut wood using teamwork and hardwork and lots of planning. We've spend the last two days making some big progress on these projects, despite that it's been really, really, hard!
Tomorrow, we wrap everything up and show it off in the afternoon, and I can't wait to see what happens!
Today was silly. Here's how:
This week, Junior Day Camp has a challenge: Cross the River two ways.
No, of course there isn't a real river at 1920 Bryant Street. Of course, the things we build are probably not going to be waterproof. Of course, we're going to build using the tools and materials that we practiced with all morning.
The final day of Space week was pretty amazing!
So, I don't want to brag, but this was like, the best Thursday ever.
It's a delicate balance that we are walking at Junior Day Camp. One of the challenges that the Collaborators face is the decision of whether to ask the Tinkerers to endure a series of challenges that may or may not lead them to the answer, or to feed them the answers and solutions to problems and let them gain experience from that kind of labor.
The Tinkerers of Junior Day Camp are traveling to space this week!
But first, we had some important business to take care of. Because this is the first time that this group of humans has ever been in the same room and been asked to work on the same project, we had to get to know how to safely interact in the space and with each other.
To do that, we made some group agreements and also spent the morning learning about some new tools!
Well, we did it!
During Poop Week, we made a shark that pooped candy, and also a giant toilet that kids could get flushed down!
We're pooped, so here are some quick highlights:
Whoa. Thursdays are a lot of work!
Thursdays are our last full day to work on the projects before Friday arrives and we spend half of the day taking everything apart! With that said, these Tinkerers really rocked it today.
Here are some of the highlights!