I think the name of the game today was precision. And in order to be precise, we had to work really really slowly. Because, people tend to make mistakes when they work too quickly. I know one of our goals is to make mistakes and learn from them, but there are the mistakes where you really thought something would work, and then there are the mistakes where you tried to get something done quickly.
We've had so much excitement around the projects this week, that sometimes we've struggled to encourage these tinkerers to slow down a bit, work with a steady pace so they have time to listen to their teammates and anticipate mistakes. Which is kind of a good problem to have: these kids really feel ownership of their projects, and are super enthusiastic about working on them together.
But, when we work too fast, we lose sight of our actual goals. We can get caught up in the excitement of finishing the project, instead of relishing the opportunity to work with this unique group of humans. And, not only will we have to maybe take things apart and try again, or cut something at the wrong length or angle, we might also not hear the idea of our teammate, or notice when another group makes a breakthrough. And those are the real tragedies.
So, today, we asked the campers this morning to try to work slowly, taking breaks to listen to their teammates or walk around the space to check out the progress made on other projects. And some amazing things happened.
And tomorrow is already Friday! This week has flown by, as usual. Check back tomorrow to see us floating around under the sea.