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Mark Day Jack Bean (2017)

Jack and the Beanstalk Finale! - Mark Day School

Mark Day Jack Bean (2017)Brendon BellComment

Five days ago this imaginative group of tinkerers was playing around with just a bean of an idea...

They planted it...

...and watched it grow with some unusual and exciting features!

A wolf even made an appearance. (Can you see it's face? Ferocious!)

After 5 days of collaboration, trying harder than usual, and making lots and lots of wonderful mistakes and learning from them, we arrived at the moment of the great unveiling! And this project was definitely bigger than ourselves!

To enter the world of Jack and/or Veronica and the beanstalk, you must read the story cover to cover...

...and only once the final page is flipped, may you pass through the portal into the story world!

You will find yourself in a perplexing labyrinth filled with trees and climbing spiders and squirrels...

...and then you must crawl through a long and super spooky tunnel.

Watch out for the wolf! It will try to get you as soon as you exit the tunnel!

And finally you will arrive at the triangular (and very sturdy) beanstalk. When you're at the top don't forget to drop a golden egg down the pipe!

The egg will be waiting for you next to your getaway car and you'll be ready to zoom off into fantastic futures of great fortune!

Tinkering School is dedicated to empowering young people with the skills (both social/emotional and building) to influence and shape their worlds around them. Its been a joy collaborating with this group of enthusiastic tinkerers and seeing their self-confidence and building competence take off!  

After days of designing, building, collaborating, failing, learning, and persevering together, we hope these tinkerers will take away with them the knowledge that they have incredible capacity to accomplish magical things - especially when they work together.

To see all the photos from the week, check out our Flickr page!

Jack and the Beanstalk - Day 4 - Mark Day School

Mark Day Jack Bean (2017)Beth McMurphyComment

It's Thursday at Tinkering Camp! We had an overcast day for our final full day of tinkering -- almost as if that mythical giant knows what's coming tomorrow!

Today saw our tinkerers asking questions of all sorts:

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 "How do you make the pops in a pop-up book?" 

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"How do you connect things that don't line up?" 

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"How much chi do you have?"

"How do we make a ladder stable enough for climbing?"

And many more!

While we still have many details to fine-tune tomorrow before our visitors arrive, we are finished or nearly completed with a number of elements in our "Jack (or Veronica, depending on whom you ask) and the Beanstalk" adventure:  the book is bound and resting on a stand for easy reading, the portal connects to the beanstalk maze, the tunnel is finished, and there's even a small forest of trees, a wolf that jumps to greet you, and a cart to transport you!

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We can't wait to share what we've done with you! See you Friday at 2:30!

Check out more photos from today and this week on our Flickr stream!

Jack and the Beanstalk - Day 3 - Mark Day School

Mark Day Jack Bean (2017)Brendon BellComment

"Collaborate and make friends." Its such a treat to see this crew wholeheartedly embrace this important tinkering school goal. We've witnessed so many examples of collaboration and friendship this week - and its only Wednesday! Tinkering is a blast, but when we collaborate while we tinker, magic happens!

Taelon and Davy carefully help each other line up and attach the hinges for the popup book.

And voila! - our pages turn!

All hands on deck! When everyone has a job and helps each other, building is so much easier and fun too.

The maze, ladder, and tunnel took a lot of wood and other materials to build, so our tinkerers had lots of time to practice cutting.

Milo attaches a beam on the support structure for the jumping wolf.

The wolf is alive! Look out! (Btw is it just me or does it look like a wolf in sheeps clothing?)

The wolf is alive! Look out! (Btw is it just me or does it look like a wolf in sheeps clothing?)

Arthur attaches a fence post for the giant maze.

Check out Theo's spider that climbs up a tree with a pulley! We have some great engineers in our group this week! 

The wild and whimsical world of Jack and the Beanstalk is coming to life before our eyes. These tinkerers are so excited to share their work with their parents and the rest of the world in just a couple days!

Check out all the photos from the week on our Flickr page!

 

Jack and the Beanstalk - Day 2 - Mark Day School

Mark Day Jack Bean (2017)Brendon BellComment

We had plenty of sun and heat today to help our beanstalk and other creations grow! Our enthusiastic tinkerers definitely exceeded our goal to "try harder than usual."  

We learned how to use new tools such as the drill press. 

Theo and Peter build a free standing tree that will be planted in the obstacle forest.

Theo and Peter build a free standing tree that will be planted in the obstacle forest.

Xenia drilled holes for a roller cart. Look at her picture perfect technique! I'm sure Reggie is proud :)

Adrian and Calvin crafted some mini treasure chests.

And the giant pop-up book / portal is coming to life!

Davy and Taelon learning to read wood grains.

Davy and Taelon learning to read wood grains.

Ayanna and Lloyd construct a giant book stand using some tricky geometry!

Ayanna and Lloyd construct a giant book stand using some tricky geometry!

Tunnels, ladders, mazes, and even a jumping wolf! This crew is amazing - we can't wait to see what else they bring to life with their imaginations and new tinkering skills!

Jack and the Beanstalk - Day 1 - Mark Day School

Mark Day Jack Bean (2017)Brendon BellComment

Another week of tinkering fun begins!

In the morning we all got to know each other and we learned about the four main goals of tinkering school: collaborate and make friends, try harder than usual, make mistakes and learn from them, and build something way bigger than ourselves. We also created some group agreements that will guide our time here this week. This crew had some really thoughtful ideas including encouraging one another rather than being critical. It's gonna be exciting to see them bring this same thoughtfulness to their project design and tinkering!

After agreeing to our collective agreements, it was time for tool training! 

We always check to make sure everyone near the chop saw is ready with the proper attire (safety googles and ear gear). 

We always check to make sure everyone near the chop saw is ready with the proper attire (safety googles and ear gear). 

Learning how to operate drills safely. We also discovered how useful clamps can be! 

After some grub and play time, we finally found out what our project theme will be for the week: Jack and the Beanstalk! So many awesome ideas came out of our design sessions. One team is building a giant popup book that's a portal into the world of the story, and another team is building a complicated obstacle course for brave souls to trek through once they pass through the portal. Can't wait to see it all come to life!

Putting our new skills to use! 

Tomorrow is our first full build day. Who knows what these super imaginative tinkerers may come up with next! 

Check out our Flickr page to see all the photos from the day!

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