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INSECT, Week 1, Day 3

INSECT (2017)Piper AlldredgeComment

Things are moving right along, and moving around our space here at SF Day camp! Campers and collaborators are starting to be able to see how our Frankinsect is going to look when all the pieces come together, making some plans for how to get the head, thorax and abdomen connected, and working on getting the moving parts moving.

The head team made moves from the cardboard floor toward the shop, where they stationed their section of this big bug in order to start to figure out the total length and mechanics of some of the head's moving parts.

The head team made moves from the cardboard floor toward the shop, where they stationed their section of this big bug in order to start to figure out the total length and mechanics of some of the head's moving parts.

We had lots of measuring, drawing and planning to do in order to visualize where everything is going to end up. Plus, sometimes we needed to look up in order to figure out where rafters and pulleys are 

Joey and Anya help measure the total length of the insect (so far) to make sure all of our parts will fit in the space between the windows and the shop.

Joey and Anya help measure the total length of the insect (so far) to make sure all of our parts will fit in the space between the windows and the shop.

We started to work on some details too, sometimes learning to use a new tool, like eyes, wings, legs--oh my! 

Ian helps Ella attach parts of dragonfly wings that will be attached to the thorax. Ella worked all day, collecting small scraps of different sizes, shapes and textures to make beautiful, layered wings. Plus, she really got to focus on her drilling skills!

Ian helps Ella attach parts of dragonfly wings that will be attached to the thorax. Ella worked all day, collecting small scraps of different sizes, shapes and textures to make beautiful, layered wings. Plus, she really got to focus on her drilling skills!

Beatrix, Kaia and Isabella learned how to use the bandsaw in order to cut out one more eye for the insect's head. 

Beatrix, Kaia and Isabella learned how to use the bandsaw in order to cut out one more eye for the insect's head. 

New tool day got Isabella like XD !

New tool day got Isabella like XD !

Can you guess which part of the bug this is?! The stinger of course! 

Can you guess which part of the bug this is?! The stinger of course! 

Finn worked hard all afternoon in order to mockup a block and tackle to use to open and close the mouth of the insect. Figuring out how to attach a moveable pulley was tricky, but he really stuck with it! 

Finn worked hard all afternoon in order to mockup a block and tackle to use to open and close the mouth of the insect. Figuring out how to attach a moveable pulley was tricky, but he really stuck with it! 

Matthew worked on a leg design that would allow the legs to bend in the middle (hinge) and slide along the floor (wheel). The action of the legs on the thorax reminds me of a grasshopper's legs, neato! 

Matthew worked on a leg design that would allow the legs to bend in the middle (hinge) and slide along the floor (wheel). The action of the legs on the thorax reminds me of a grasshopper's legs, neato! 

Be sure to check out the rest of our pictures from today here on our flickr. More tomorrow! 

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