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Under the Sea, Day 3, Week 2, SF

Under the Sea (2017)Piper AlldredgeComment

Collaborator Jennifer's perspective: It's day three here at camp in San Francisco, and folks are feeling pretty comfortable with using the tools and the designs for their projects. Which means, of course, that it's time for the collaborators to up the anty. 

Questions about design makes building difficult.  Sometimes it is back to the "ol drawing board."  Projects come together wi

Questions about design makes building difficult.  Sometimes it is back to the "ol drawing board."  Projects come together wi

Yesterday, the collaborators noticed a problem: tools being left out on the floor when campers were finished with them, or inbetween uses. Hmmm, we thought. It seemed like time for an intervention: we decided to tuck away about half of the drills to introduce some scarcity. 

Challenges arise when drills become scarce.  Many campers arrived in the shop to find the drill wall already totally depleted!

Challenges arise when drills become scarce.  Many campers arrived in the shop to find the drill wall already totally depleted!

The supply of drills is lower than the demand of operators. Hence, we share and find the joy in teamwork.  Tinkerers had to ask for help from fellow tinkerers. They had to be patient in waiting for a drill. Most importantly, they began returning the drills, so that other tinkerers could work on their projects. Building projects; building friendships.

Partners sharing drills allowed them to focus on building their design.  Two tinkerers were needed to do the drilling together. Before, tinkerers drilled separately: one drilling the holes,another drilling the screws.

Partners sharing drills allowed them to focus on building their design.  Two tinkerers were needed to do the drilling together. Before, tinkerers drilled separately: one drilling the holes,another drilling the screws.

Many groups found out that sharing the drills caused the process to go more slowly, but they, also, discovered that progress can occur when we work together.

Julia, Leda and Nina work on the complicated mounting system for the shape of the turtle shell. The sea turtle team's work was pretty drill intensive today, so the other groups often passed by to ask for spare drills if they found none in the shop.

Julia, Leda and Nina work on the complicated mounting system for the shape of the turtle shell. The sea turtle team's work was pretty drill intensive today, so the other groups often passed by to ask for spare drills if they found none in the shop.

The sub team's first task this morning was to remove the floor they installed Tuesday afternoon, in order to modify the floor joists and trim one of the pieces of plywood that was cut one inch too long. Like goal number three says: "Make mistakes and learn from them."

The sub team's first task this morning was to remove the floor they installed Tuesday afternoon, in order to modify the floor joists and trim one of the pieces of plywood that was cut one inch too long. Like goal number three says: "Make mistakes and learn from them."

New friends! 

New friends! 

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