Monday we learned each other's names and the materials and tools available to us. We designed and laid the ground work for our projects: a Tractor, Barn, and Chicken Coop. Tuesday is the first full day of building, when we can really settle in and get things done. These kids banded together, buckled down and created all the important parts each project would need to exist.
The first thing to do is figure out how big your piece needs to be, some tinkerers consult the design plans and others take a measuring tape directly to the project to figure it out.
Next, one marks where they need to make the cut on the material so that it is clear for them to do or even another team member who is ready to help out!
After you know where you want to make the cut, you setup your tool and the material, so that everything is safe, secure, and as accurate as possible.
Then it's time to cut!
When you have enough pieces it's time for assembly! The kids got a lot of practice clamping all sorts of things together today.
Once we have a few parts made we can combine them into more complex things!
At the end of the day we reset the shop and building areas, so that we can come back with fresh minds and a fresh shop and get right to work!