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Mark Day - Mars (2017

Mission to Mars! - Day 5 - Mark Day School

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Friday! How'd that sneak up on us so fast?! Our adventurous astronaut tinkerers jumped into high gear to ready the ship and add more details on our martian colony. 

Abbey sawing away. The kids got a LOT of practice this week - we used a ton of wood! 

Abbey sawing away. The kids got a LOT of practice this week - we used a ton of wood! 

Jaden and Taelon adjusting the monorail wheels.

Jaden and Taelon adjusting the monorail wheels.

It quickly became apparent that handrails were needed for spinning cylinder section of our ship.

And Sam put the final touches on his epic martian claw machine he had been working on all week. 

Don't forget the wings!! Kendra and Carley attached perhaps the most important part of the ship.

And voila! Our ship was ship shape and ready to ship off to Mars to deliver a shipment of shipworthy astronauts. (that was fun! wasn't sure how many "ships" I could get in there :)

3...2...1... blastoff! 

It was an incredible mission and our fearless tinkerers proved to be more than up for the challenge! All along the journey, they demonstrated their fortitude working hard on tasks that were more challenging than usual. They faced their fears and made awesome mistakes and learned lots from them. They ended up building a GIANT spaceship and Martian colony that was way bigger than a whole bunch of them combined. And lastly they made many friendships and learned to build and collaborate with each other in pursuit of a common goal - which was the mission all along ;)

Mission to Marks! - Day 4 - Mark Day School

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The countdown is beginning! 9...8...7... 

Our ship is shaping up. Our mars colony is being populated by an eclectic group of martians. Its almost time to make the long journey and establish first contact! 

The spaceship team worked hard to assemble and attach the middle cylindrical section. It will spin and provide gravity for our astronauts during the long journey. 

The crews' quarters was upgraded with a fold up table. 

And Corey worked hard on building a study / sopaceworthy door.

And the cockpit is nearly finished!

Check out the retractable sun shade!

Check out the retractable sun shade!

The monorail in our martian colony has also been installed between two spacescrapers!

On one end, there's an elevator that will transport the martians from the surface. You might have noticed that the martians may be mini...?

And they're super cute!

The countdown continues...6...5... 

Stay tuned to our radio frequencies to see what incredible new additions this hard working group of tinkerers put together!

Mission to Mars! - Day 3 - Mark Day School

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Another fun day of building! And it got off to a hilarious start :) One of our tinkering school goals is "make mistakes and learn from them." Well we had an all time classic on our hands :)

A group of our tinkerers spent several minutes diligently building only to accidentally discover what happens when you build a circle around a pole that can't be moved... 

The lesson from this mistake might fall under the category of choose your workspace wisely... :)

There was all kinds of other great mistakes made throughout the rest of the day too.  We learned from them and in the process created some awesome additions to our spaceship and martian colony.

Luke installs a button on the control panel.

Luke installs a button on the control panel.

Julian builds a claw device for picking up geological samples on the surface of mars.

Julian builds a claw device for picking up geological samples on the surface of mars.

A martian elevator!

A martian elevator!

Taelon and Jacob learn how to use a new tool - the drill press.

Taelon and Jacob learn how to use a new tool - the drill press.

More and more Martian skyscrapers keep popping up.

More and more Martian skyscrapers keep popping up.

After a full day of building, its important to relax and let loose in the crew's quarters. Looking forward to see what this hardworking crew put together tomorrow!

Mission to Mars! - Day 2 - Mark Day School

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Here we come mars! Another day of tinkering, and this crew has already put their newfound building skills to good use and made a ton of progress!

The martian colony is coming along nicely. We've discovered Martians like public transportation so were building an elevated monorail to go between some tall skyscrapers - or spacescrapers???

And the spaceship is being built at warp speed!

Jaden, Jacob, and Charlie attach the engine.

Jaden, Jacob, and Charlie attach the engine.

Perfect shirt Griffin! 

Perfect shirt Griffin! 

What's a spaceship without a couch? Carley, Abbey, and Kendra decided to work together to build an awesome couch. The crew's quarters are going to be super comfy! 

And the spaceship cockpit is quickly taking shape. Control panels are popping up all over the place. Front panels, side panels, tons of room for tons of buttons.

It's awesome to see how stoked this group is to work and collaborate together. On to the next day of awesome building! Can't wait to see what this group of tinkerers comes up with next!

Mission to Mars! - Day 1 - Mark Day School

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Dun......dun...dun...! da da! With the 2001 space odyssey theme playing in the background, our new crew of tinkerers discovered that we'll be traveling to mars to visit a martian colony! 

Before we jumped into building our spaceship though,  we discussed some important tinkering school goals that we'll try to meet this week. After just one day, these dedicated tinkerers have already shown that they are up to the challenge of trying harder than usual, making mistakes and learning from them, collaborating with each other, and making something WAY bigger than ourselves. 

We also came up with some group agreements of how we want to treat each other and stay safe in the workshop.

And then it was time to learn how to use some tools!

Clamps are essential - even when building in outer space!

Clamps are essential - even when building in outer space!

Everyone gained a healthy respect for the "blood bubble" when using the chop saw. (The zone that all fingers, hands, and other extremities must stay away from.) 

And we had time to practice drilling and screwing. We'll be doing a LOT of drilling this week. By Friday, these tinkerers will be seasoned pros!

After some grub and play time at the park, we jumped into designing our spaceship and martian colony. So many awesome ideas! The martians seem to like elevated mono-rails and the spaceship is gonna be BIG...stay tuned to see how they develop!

With our plans under our belts, we jumped straight away into building. And these tinkerers are quick! - they got a ton done - even in a shortened afternoon build session. Can't wait to see what they come up with a full day of building tomorrow! 

We'll be blasting off in no time to meet our martian buddies!

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