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Wild Animals - Day 1 - Week 4 - Mark Day School

Mark Day / San Rafael, Mark Day Wild AnimalsTatian GreenleafComment

What has four legs, two wings, stripes and a barbed tail? If you guessed a "Tigray" you were correct! This week, we're building Wild Animals and by wild we mean mashups. In addition to the Tigray (Tiger+Stingray), we're building an Elephant+Bee (still to be named). Imagine a trunk, six legs, large ears and a stinger. I can't wait to see how these creatures shape up!

Day one of Tinkering School is largely devoted to making group agreements related to camp safety and teamwork (e.g. always walk, treat others as they want to be treated) as well as going through tool training. Every tinkerer learns how to use our three main tools: a chop saw, cordless drills, and clamps.

We met in two groups to sketch ideas for our animals and to begin to write out a plan for building them bigger than ourselves. Our goals for the week include collaborating and making friends, trying harder than usualbuilding something bigger than ourselves, and making mistakes and learning from them.

To see more photos from today, check out our Flickr page.

We learned that drills are two-handed tools for putting holes in wood, driving screws, and removing screws.

We learned that drills are two-handed tools for putting holes in wood, driving screws, and removing screws.

The chop saw is a popular first day tool because of the many short and long pieces of 2x3 we need for our builds.

The chop saw is a popular first day tool because of the many short and long pieces of 2x3 we need for our builds.

 
Checking off one of our "cut list" pieces and moving on to the next task.

Checking off one of our "cut list" pieces and moving on to the next task.

Student-led design shows off creativity and gives an opportunity for taking pride in our work.

Student-led design shows off creativity and gives an opportunity for taking pride in our work.

Having never seen a Tigray in the wild, we had to figure out how tall it might be

Having never seen a Tigray in the wild, we had to figure out how tall it might be

During clamp training, students were challenged to build a bridge to span a distance. Teamwork was essential with one person holding the wood and one person operating the clamp.

During clamp training, students were challenged to build a bridge to span a distance. Teamwork was essential with one person holding the wood and one person operating the clamp.

We will come back to these throughout the week, telling stories of how we met them.

We will come back to these throughout the week, telling stories of how we met them.

Signed by all tinkerers and collaborators, this serves as the foundation for how we treat each other and work together.

Signed by all tinkerers and collaborators, this serves as the foundation for how we treat each other and work together.

 

Click through the slideshow below for a few more photos from today.

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