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Giant Games (2018)

Giant Games - Day 4 - SF Day Camp

Giant Games (2018), San Francisco Day Camp, Day CampBrendon BellComment

Today before jumping into tinkering with our hands, we started with an exercise to define for ourselves "what is tinkering?" and "why do we tinker?" We have some deep thinkers as well as enthusiastic builders this week!

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The pinball team made lots of progress both on the support frame and the game board. 

Concentratin and collaboration - they go so well together!

Concentratin and collaboration - they go so well together!

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Our tinkerers working on the pinball cart have taken on some exciting engineering challenges, figuring out how to create wheel wells, supports for the axle, and more.

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The connect 4 team completed the front and back portions of the giant game grid and learned how to use new tools along the way. 

Sometimes hand tools do the trick! Ava shows off her work using a hacksaw :)

Sometimes hand tools do the trick! Ava shows off her work using a hacksaw :)

There were also some fabulous mistakes made throughout the day! We discovered that when we don't use two hands on the drill its easy to bend the drill bit and it can break off in the wood.  

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 To commemorate this exciting mistake, Noah and Trevor made a plaque out of their piece of wood with the embedded drill bit for all to learn from.

 To commemorate this exciting mistake, Noah and Trevor made a plaque out of their piece of wood with the embedded drill bit for all to learn from.

And our crossy road team has been hard at work completing lots of different obstacles including a raised train bridge! 

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So many opportunities to practice our cutting and drilling skills.

Tomorrow is our final day of tinkering with this awesome crew. Be sure to check out our final blog post to see how the projects all turn out! To see all our photos from the week, don't forget to visit our Flickr photo page!

SF Day Camp - Giant Games - Week 1 - Day 3

Giant Games (2018)Brendon BellComment

Another great day of tinkering! Our three project teams made lots of progress on their giant games.

Our connect 4 team completed the front portion of the oversized grid that will hold the game pieces. Our pinball team settled on an exciting adaptation for their project as well. They will be creating a giant moving cart that will transport the pinball machine! Not only will the balls be bouncing around the pinball machine, the player will be rolling along all the while as well. Lastly our crossy road team made lots of progress creating a wooden river and train tracks for our game players to cross. 

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Throughout all the building we saw so many examples of great collaboration: kids holding pieces of wood for each other as the other drilled, listening to each others great ideas when coming up with exciting additions to the projects or figuring out solutions to tough challenges. 

It's hard to believe were already half way through our week! We can't wait to see what this enthusiastic group of tinkerers puts together the next couple days!

Be sure to check out many more photos of this week on our Flickr photo page! Stay tuned...

SF Day Camp - Giant Games - Week 1 - Day 2

Giant Games (2018), San Francisco Day CampMolly MansfieldComment

Today at Day Camp SF our project building was well under way. Each of the three project groups moved swiftly from 2D designs to building with wood and screws. By afternoon we were discovering the first challenges and difficulties with our designs and needing to problem-solve and be even more creative.

Each project involves moving parts and this afternoon we had our first Day Camp tinkerer workshop about mechanisms and simple machines. Tinkerers did small group rotations learning about levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, and gussets for strengthening joints. We will see how this new knowledge gets incorporated in the projects this week as we experiment with teaching tinkerers to include more mechanisms in their creative designs!

Be sure to check out many more photos of this week on our Flickr photo page! Stay tuned...

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