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Thursday: A Wooden Wash Station for a Wheeled Animal

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This is probably one of the circumstantially weirdest projects I've ever witnessed at Tinkering School. This week, we decided to build an animal-vehicle and a wash station for that vehicle. When we couldn't decide on a specific animal to theme the vehicle, we decided to combine all the choices. The animal vehicle is an elephant-robot-panda-fish-narwhal that also has some monkey parts. The wash station uses no water. 

Yup.

And here's what it all looks like so far!

The wash station team decided to use paracord and PVC to simulate running water. We quality tested the mechanism to make sure it felt like water on your face as you walked through. Quality Test Passed!

The wash station team decided to use paracord and PVC to simulate running water. We quality tested the mechanism to make sure it felt like water on your face as you walked through. Quality Test Passed!

These pool-noodle/PVC/plywood contraptions are actually scrubber brushes. 

These pool-noodle/PVC/plywood contraptions are actually scrubber brushes. 

Whoa!

Whoa!

Lots of folks took time to make robot panels for the vehicle. Buttons and gauges and dials and weird electronic panels were all decorated all day by everyone who needed an art-break.

Lots of folks took time to make robot panels for the vehicle. Buttons and gauges and dials and weird electronic panels were all decorated all day by everyone who needed an art-break.

Lastly, the vehicle is certainly not an vehicle without some seating. We spent a lot of the afternoon making some stable and comfortable seating and attaching it to the vehicle floor.

Lastly, the vehicle is certainly not an vehicle without some seating. We spent a lot of the afternoon making some stable and comfortable seating and attaching it to the vehicle floor.

Quality assurance pass!

Quality assurance pass!

And on Wednesday, the vehicle wash progress slowed down.

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Wednesdays are a hump for everyone. Even for young humans who are building a silly thing out of wood! Today, our progress definitely slowed down, but it instead became about quality. There were tons of details about today that made it magical. Below are just a few of those moments. 

Henry and Spencer and Alessandra work as a team to make the head of the "vehicle". This team worked tirelessly all day to create all of these different parts, down to the facial expression!

Henry and Spencer and Alessandra work as a team to make the head of the "vehicle". This team worked tirelessly all day to create all of these different parts, down to the facial expression!

Jack overlooks their afternoon design session. I told the Tinkerers that it was their turn to run things and that they had to figure out the next steps and communicate it to the team. This group took their contribution very seriously, and made multiple sketches before committing to a design. 

Jack overlooks their afternoon design session. I told the Tinkerers that it was their turn to run things and that they had to figure out the next steps and communicate it to the team. This group took their contribution very seriously, and made multiple sketches before committing to a design. 

Drew and Jack work as a team to add spikes to their fin design. The process took a lot of teamwork because the spike pieces couldn't be clamped and multiple hands were needed to hold them in place as they were connected. 

Drew and Jack work as a team to add spikes to their fin design. The process took a lot of teamwork because the spike pieces couldn't be clamped and multiple hands were needed to hold them in place as they were connected. 

The wash team works hard to attach supports to the walls. After yesterday's tip test, they definitely wanted a better design that will hold. After making one support prototype that worked, they teamed up to attach a support every few feet. With multiple people working on the same problem, the workload diminished and they were able to nearly finish the support system today.

The wash team works hard to attach supports to the walls. After yesterday's tip test, they definitely wanted a better design that will hold. After making one support prototype that worked, they teamed up to attach a support every few feet. With multiple people working on the same problem, the workload diminished and they were able to nearly finish the support system today.

Vehicle Wash Tuesday: Breaking Things and Design Innovation

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Two amazing things happened on this sunny Tuesday at Mark Day School: We broke a wall, and we began a first iteration of an articulating elephant trunk!

First, the wall!

For two days, one team has been building a giant wall to house a vehicle washing mechanism. This is a huge framed structure that is going to basically house ALL of the washing mechanisms that we will be making. The giant wall needs some major supports so that it won't fall over. The team tried a solution, and then we quality tested it by toppling the structure over!

The post-fall aftermath revealed some major flaws in the design, and the team got back to work on a solution!

Meanwhile, the "vehicle" team needed to make an elephant trunk. Why, you ask? Well, you'll see later! After some design discussion and testing, the team made a plan and got to work!

In no time, they were teaching one another how to assemble the trunk and making some major progress! 

Check out all the photos on Flickr!

The "Vehicle" Wash at Mark Day

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ve·hi·cle

ˈvēək(ə)l,ˈvēˌhik(ə)l/

noun

  1. a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.

wash

wäSH,wôSH/

verb

  1. clean with water and, typically, soap or detergent.


It's Vehicle Wash Week at Tinkering School in San Rafael!

Today we learned how to use the tools and treat each other (and the space) while we're here together this week. We also launched into some pretty awesome designs for a "vehicle" and a washing system. 

(Note: we are loosely interpreting what it means to be a vehicle. Ours is pretty silly/awesome, and I'm not going to explain too much right now. You should follow how this thing unfolds!)

Here a couple of cool moments from the day!


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