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Moon Landing Mini Golf - Day 5 - Week 5 (Mark Day School)

Mark Day Moon Golf (2019), Mark Day/San RafaelTatian GreenleafComment

What happens when kids land on the moon? It's a lot of fun, that's for sure! Not only did the “Noodles of Doom (dun, dun, dun!)” make an appearance but there were multiple golf clubs for both kid and adult heights, not one but two functional ball launchers and even a U.S. flag replica at the final hole.

Before the big project reveal at 2 o’clock, we worked non-stop all morning to complete as much as we could of the two large builds: the lunar lander and the moonscape golf course. We reminded the tinkerers that our goals for the week do not include “finishing the builds” but we also acknowledged that many of us really, really want to complete them. We were busy attaching noodles, adding obstacles for the mini golf course, stapling felt to plywood, attaching and reinforcing the ladder, and weight-testing everything so we could determine how many kids or adults could be in the lunar lander at a time. We even added mylar — an actual material used to cover the original lunar lander.

It was exciting to see everything come to life as family members peeked into the lunar lander and took putter swings on the moon to see if they could achieve par ( the course had a high difficulty level).

After half an hour of appreciating the amazing builds from the week together, it was time to deconstruct them and put everything away (reduce, reuse, recycle applies to Tinkering School, too). We’re grateful to all of the tinkerers and family members who were able to help out this afternoon.

Well, that’s it for another summer of Tinkering School at Mark Day School. We hope everyone comes back next summer for another round!

Rear view of the lunar lander.

Rear view of the lunar lander.

Inside the lunar lander.

Inside the lunar lander.

The chair inside the lander.

The chair inside the lander.

The entry door and stairs below the lander.

The entry door and stairs below the lander.

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The dual ball launcher system.

The dual ball launcher system.

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The full course including ramp, smaller moon bumps, large bump, Noodles of Doom, hole and flag. (Apologies for the warped panorama.)

The full course including ramp, smaller moon bumps, large bump, Noodles of Doom, hole and flag. (Apologies for the warped panorama.)

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Click through the gallery below for more photos from our big reveal. And check out our Flickr page to see many more photos from the week.

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