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Triangles, Day 3, Week 7, SF

Triangles (2017)Piper AlldredgeComment

Wow everybody. Triangles. We're really doing that this week. What were we thinking?! 

I gotta say, no matter what we throw at these kids, they are always super down. From digestive tract obstacle courses to 3D paintings to swamp cities to giant turtles--the list goes on and on! And this week is no exception. These campers dove right in for this 3-sided challenge, and have been totally on board for all the challenges this creates. 

Peter, Ryan, Nathan and Cole hold the dome up in place in order to place a hinge. 

Peter, Ryan, Nathan and Cole hold the dome up in place in order to place a hinge. 

Over on the cardboard floor, the dome team made an enormous amount of progress yesterday afternoon and today! At park time yesterday, they had completed assembling one triangle. And today they have the net laid out for the whole dome! Great work! 

They started by laying out their polydron model flat. Then, they made a color coded reference, so that everyone could clearly see how to lay out the big wooden triangles. After that, they were ready to lay out their structure flat on the floor. They even got started folding up the triangles into the dome! 

While some folks worked on figuring out how to attach together the triangles, others kept working on making more triangles. Thanks Mia, maybe there will be more than one dome! 

While some folks worked on figuring out how to attach together the triangles, others kept working on making more triangles. Thanks Mia, maybe there will be more than one dome! 

After a lot of hard work, James and Ethan were finally able to install a cross beam for the top of the frame for the door. Bravo! 

After a lot of hard work, James and Ethan were finally able to install a cross beam for the top of the frame for the door. Bravo! 

With the their project taking shape, the pyramid builders got started working on some things to add to their project: furniture, wings, a control panel and a door. Apparently, somewhere along the way the pyramid became a space ship. Who knew?!

Oh, and I definitely need to talk to this group tomorrow about the shape of their furniture. Sigh! 

The focus of the truss bridge shifted to the deck today. Lots of hands mobilized to sheath the frame that was constructed yesterday, and then they all switched to comrade dangerous patrol. Because plywood! 

The focus of the truss bridge shifted to the deck today. Lots of hands mobilized to sheath the frame that was constructed yesterday, and then they all switched to comrade dangerous patrol. Because plywood! 

Siri and Jaime got really familiar with angles today! The girls found a partially built triangle, and needed to figure out how long, and how to miter, a piece of wood to complete the triangle. So, we busted out a good ol' protractor and learned a new unit of measurement: degrees! 

Then, Quinn, Jaime and Siri got to work on a railing for the bridge deck. Make sure everyone is working from the same dimensions folks! Otherwise, you end up with railings that don't line up! 

Then, Quinn, Jaime and Siri got to work on a railing for the bridge deck. Make sure everyone is working from the same dimensions folks! Otherwise, you end up with railings that don't line up! 

See y'all tomorrow! 

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