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Underground, Day 1, Week 3, SF

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We struck gold with this group in San Francisco this week! So, we're going to go deep, mining for precious nuggets of collaboration, effort and resiliency in the face of mistakes and failures. And we got off to a great start with tool training this morning! 

Dany and Beatrice got a headstart on collaborating and making friends in drill training this morning! 

Dany and Beatrice got a headstart on collaborating and making friends in drill training this morning! 

Lucille watches closely as Ved (aka Darth Vader) practices cutting on the chopsaw. Thank you for a great training Manny! 

Lucille watches closely as Ved (aka Darth Vader) practices cutting on the chopsaw. Thank you for a great training Manny! 

Keean checks to make sure the wood is clamped tight, while Maia holds a clamp and board in place for her partner. 

Keean checks to make sure the wood is clamped tight, while Maia holds a clamp and board in place for her partner. 

After taking a break to go to the playground and eat our lunches in the sunshine, we got to find out what our projects will be this week: a tunnel, a boring machine, and a track and train. Evan told us a bit about exploring old mining sights in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which really helped the kids make connections to things they already know about the gold rush and California history. Then, we got to work! 

Nikki helped the tunnel builders combine all of their individual ideas into one group plan--a tricky thing to do indeed! 

Nikki helped the tunnel builders combine all of their individual ideas into one group plan--a tricky thing to do indeed! 

Jack draws a design idea for the boring machine on the group's whiteboard. This team had so many different ideas for how to build this tunnel digging machine! At times, we needed to remember what we want our machine to be able to do--dig a tunnel through the ground--and make compromises in order to be able to realize this design goal. 

Jack draws a design idea for the boring machine on the group's whiteboard. This team had so many different ideas for how to build this tunnel digging machine! At times, we needed to remember what we want our machine to be able to do--dig a tunnel through the ground--and make compromises in order to be able to realize this design goal. 

Over at the track and train group, Jennifer encouraged her team to put their ideas into the center of the circle, then look for similarities in the designs. 

Over at the track and train group, Jennifer encouraged her team to put their ideas into the center of the circle, then look for similarities in the designs. 

Some groups even started cutting pieces of wood in the chopsaw room and putting things together! Wowee, that was fast! 

Zeke and Dany carefully cary a LOOONG piece of wood for the train tracks back over to their project area. Great teamwork! 

Zeke and Dany carefully cary a LOOONG piece of wood for the train tracks back over to their project area. Great teamwork! 

The boring machine team decided that the first thing they should probably be the enormous drill to go at the front of the machine. They compromised at making a hexagon, because it's more circular than a square, but easier to make out of 2x3s than a circle. 

The boring machine team decided that the first thing they should probably be the enormous drill to go at the front of the machine. They compromised at making a hexagon, because it's more circular than a square, but easier to make out of 2x3s than a circle. 

Make sure to check out our flickr for many, many pictures throughout the week! 

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