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Moving Animals - Day 5 - Week 5 - SF Summer Day Camp

Moving Animals (2018), San Francisco Day CampBrendon BellComment

STAMPEDE! 

The animals have come to life and are flying, wheeling, walking, and bobbing around! The teams had time to put some final touches on their projects before parents arrived to witness all their amazing work.  

The giant baby unicorn took its first rolling steps and is growing up fast!

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It took a team of collaborators to raise this giant unicorn.

It took a team of collaborators to raise this giant unicorn.

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Hard at work drilling holes for an axle that supported the wheels and powered the moving legs.

Hard at work drilling holes for an axle that supported the wheels and powered the moving legs.

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You wouldn't be the first to wonder if this giant baby unicorn was actually a Trojan horse in training. It can hold up to three young tinkerers in its belly! 

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The jelly fish was also seen bobbing around in all its twinkly glory!

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The team added a couple layers of translucent plastic and fabric to make it appear just like a living, natural jelly fish. And lots of lights - it's an electric jelly after all! 

A great shot showing the complexity of this team's design. There were so many angled cuts to figure out!

A great shot showing the complexity of this team's design. There were so many angled cuts to figure out!

How cool would it be to swim through a group of giant jelly fish!? With a very thick wetsuit of course...

How cool would it be to swim through a group of giant jelly fish!? With a very thick wetsuit of course...

The bird car team celebrated a major success as well in completing a functional pedal system. It really worked! They were able to power their car with their feet, moving it back and forth about 10 feet. With a little more time there's no doubt they could have perfected their design and been speeding along over great distances.

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All the hard work to bend metal pipes paid off, and the plastic foot pedals rolled perfectly underfoot.

All the hard work to bend metal pipes paid off, and the plastic foot pedals rolled perfectly underfoot.

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Gotta get creative to finding the best working position!

Gotta get creative to finding the best working position!

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The angry bird catapult and slingshot team were super excited to finally test out their designs.

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The birds expressed varying degrees of anger upon being launched into the air. Some nose-dived and crashed, others were happy to fly for a little while before also coming to a rough landing. 

The team was thrilled with the outcome and were already coming up with more ideas to perfect their designs. If only more tinkering time! We hope all our young tinkerers take their new skills and confidence out into the real world to continue designing, creating, and building. 

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Our bird launch team also completed their epic ramp as well, connecting it to a 10 foot tall wall! It was a great example of meeting our tinkering goal of collaborating with each other. There's no way we could have hoisted it up without everyone's help.

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The most important connection point on the ramp were the bolts connecting it to the launch platform. The team made sure to lock them down tight!

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Then it was time to carry the giant bird through the building, up some stairs, through the library, to its perch on the launch pad...

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Will if fly!!??

It's been a blast tinkering with these groups this week as they worked hard to develop their imaginative ideas and bring them to life. They tried harder than usual, stretching to overcome some difficult engineering challenges. They built some huge structures that were definitely bigger than themselves. They made lots of wonderful "mistakes" that they learned from. They also took to heart one of our most important tinkering goals: to collaborate and make friends. Its amazing what kinds of things can be accomplished when we work together and this group showed us several impressive examples. Who knows what they might create next!

To see all the tinkering fun from the entire week, be sure to visit our Flickr page!

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