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Wacky Fairgrounds - Day 5 - Week 2 - Mark Day School

Mark Day Fairground, Day Camp, Mark Day/San RafaelTatian GreenleafComment

The moment we've been waiting for has arrived! It's Wacky Fairgrounds project reveal day! The students were excited to show off their hard work but before family members arrived, there was just enough time to put on the finishing touches: wheels on the go kart, feet on the AFFs (animals/furniture/food... we actually didn't end up making any food), and faces on the bowling pins. We were striving to express personality among the AFFs but it was a fun surprise to see the pins take on characteristics as well. 

Both of the builds also needed to be tested before everyone took a ride. We started with a smaller kid on the go kart and progressed to larger kids and even adults. For the carousel, we spun it without riders, then added one student and then another and another until we were up to capacity at 8 student riders.  Even with nine students, there was no creaking or cracking of wood and no sagging or unbalancing of the carefully-designed platform. Success!

Today's work embodied our goals for the week: collaborating and making friends, trying harder than usual, building something bigger than ourselves, and making mistakes and learning from them. At closing circle, our tinkerers shared ways that they had experienced these goals.

Check out many more photos from today and the rest of the week on Flickr.

 Clamping a wing in preparation for screwing it down.

Clamping a wing in preparation for screwing it down.

 Two people clamping makes for efficient work.

Two people clamping makes for efficient work.

 The ramp has good bones.

The ramp has good bones.

 Securing a 3.5 foot tall, 8 foot long ramp.

Securing a 3.5 foot tall, 8 foot long ramp.

 Two screws in each connection.

Two screws in each connection.

 The strongest building shape is a triangle... how many can you count? And the ladder is finally attached!

The strongest building shape is a triangle... how many can you count? And the ladder is finally attached!

 The pig gets a handlebar and a face.

The pig gets a handlebar and a face.

 Adding a gusset to stabilize the chair. No more wobble!

Adding a gusset to stabilize the chair. No more wobble!

 After making angled cuts on the bottom of the 4x4 post to resemble a sharpened pencil, the team lifts it into place on the carousel platform.

After making angled cuts on the bottom of the 4x4 post to resemble a sharpened pencil, the team lifts it into place on the carousel platform.

 So much math and tool use (drills, jigsaw, chop saw and more) went into the puzzle piece platform.

So much math and tool use (drills, jigsaw, chop saw and more) went into the puzzle piece platform.

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