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Playground for a crocodile, a fly and a crab, Day 5, Week 6, SF

Playground for a (2017)Piper AlldredgeComment

Often, we have the feeling that when we walk in the door on Monday morning, someone hits the fast forward button, and the next 5 days fly by. 

Saria maintained her cool, calm focus, even on our last day of working together. 

Saria maintained her cool, calm focus, even on our last day of working together. 

We want the best of both worlds: to be present in the moment, working hard with our teammates on our project, and to keep sight of our big picture goals. 

Parley and Jana model a pulley system with two fixed pulleys and one floating pulley. Even though this was their first time working with pulleys, they worked hard to figure out a system they could replicate on the elevator. 

Parley and Jana model a pulley system with two fixed pulleys and one floating pulley. Even though this was their first time working with pulleys, they worked hard to figure out a system they could replicate on the elevator. 

That's such a hard thing to do sometimes though! We can get so excited about the slide, the crabby bars, or the velcro climbing wall, and forget that what we actually came here to do is collaborate, try hard, learn from our mistakes, and build an incredible community. 

Eden and Emilia troubleshoot the mount design for the step to help the shorter campers down from the high end of the crabby bars. 

Eden and Emilia troubleshoot the mount design for the step to help the shorter campers down from the high end of the crabby bars. 

At camp this week, we worked hard to imagine playground equipment for other types of creatures. At the end of the day today, we had a climbing wall for a fly, some monkey bars for a crab, and a few separate pieces that didn't quite get put together into a slide for a crocodile. It was hard for us to remember that these projects were our means, not our end. They gave us the opportunity to practice collaborating and making new friends, trying hard, learning from mistakes, and building something bigger than ourselves. But, we never set out to have a playground a reptile and a few invertebrates! 

Emily and Sylvie working on a spider web trap to catch flies when they fall off the climbing wall! 

Emily and Sylvie working on a spider web trap to catch flies when they fall off the climbing wall! 

On to the next one! 

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