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Triangles, Day 4, Week 7, SF

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Why haven't we ever done this before?!

Jasper and Ryan add triangles to the stack, with the first completed icosahedron in the background. 

Jasper and Ryan add triangles to the stack, with the first completed icosahedron in the background. 

From the concrete to the abstract, the projects this week are becoming so interesting, complex and beautiful. Plus, working with triangles has forced us to be more precise in our measurements, cuts and assembly. Here are a few ways:

Over on the cardboard floor, a few tinkerers kept assembling triangles, while most of the group worked on getting their first icosahedron assembled with hinges. Did you know that an icosahedron is  Platonic solid? Now, the group will need to figure out what to do with the rest of those triangles! We've used ALL of the hinges, so in order to make more regular polyhedrons (!) they'll need to figure out another way to hold the shapes together. 

Over on the bridge team, today was very detail oriented. A few campers needed to do take two on some things they worked on yesterday, and the got right to it. Wolf worked on reassembling one of the ladders to climb up onto the bridge, with some help from Hannah. Siri and Quinn kept working on the railings for the deck, and needed to adjust many of them so they would be level and line up with each other. Meanwhile, a crew worked on mounting the legs to each end of the deck. The next step is to mount those beautiful trusses! 

Over in the pyramid, some folks kept working on adding details and fixtures to the structure itself, while others worked on the accoutrements--everything from chairs, to laptops, to mice! Ethan and James broke out the bevel to work on building a super snug doorjam. And Noah and Mia learned how to cut very precise curves on the bandsaw, for one computer mouse, and one animal mouse of course! 

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