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Mission Impossible (2017)

Mission Impossible - SF Day Camp, Week 5, Day 5

Mission Impossible (2017)Molly MansfieldComment

<<  T R A N S M I S S I O N  > >   28 JULY 2017

<< NOTICE TO AGENTS:

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE REACHED THE END OF YOUR TRAINING WEEK AND HAVE DEMONSTRATED YOUR TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION SKILLS. YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB STAYING CALM AND NOT BLOWING YOUR COVER WHEN THE PUBLIC CAME TO THE "CAMP" TO SEE YOUR "DECORATIVE STRUCTURES," WELL DONE. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CALLING YOU OUT IN THE FIELD WHEN YOU ARE NEXT NEEDED. END TRANSMISSION. >>

This was our final day of Week 5 of Tinkering Day Camp SF with the Senior Tinkerers. Everyone tried very hard, made mistakes and learned from them, collaborated and made friends, and built things bigger than ourselves! One of the best parts of this final day was that none of the project groups "finished" building their structure! This is great because it means that finishing was not the focus of the teams, which is exactly what we want - having a finished product is not what Tinkering School is about! We are proud of this group of tinkerers! It's been a totally normal week and we're not sure why we've gotten so many questions from parents and the public about what else might be going on. Isn't it clear that this is just a normal, perfectly average tinkering summer camp for kids? Nothing special or extraordinary was going on here this week. We give you our word! (wink, wink, nudge, nudge...)

Here are some photos of the last day at camp: (click, tap, or swipe to scroll through photos)

Here are some photos of the deconstruction that took place at the end of the day: (click, tap or swipe to scroll through the photos)

View more photos of our week on our Summer Day Camp SF Flickr album page!

Mission Impossible - SF Day Camp, Week 5, Day 4

Mission Impossible (2017)Molly MansfieldComment

<<  T R A N S M I S S I O N  >>  27 JULY 2017

<< NOTICE TO AGENTS:

WE WATCHED YESTERDAY AND YOU SURPASSED YOUR COLLABORATION CHALLENGES WITH FLYING COLORS, TRAINEES! WE'VE ALSO NOTICED THAT YOUR TRAINING COURSE STRUCTURES ARE TAKING SHAPE. WITH TWO DAYS LEFT OF OUR MISSION, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO COMPLETE IT? CAN YOU USE YOUR TEAMWORK TO OVERCOME THE OBSTACLES IN FRONT OF YOU? TIME WILL TELL ...  >>

Yesterday the tinkerers did so well working as a team with silent project collaborators that they requested that project collaborators be silent again this morning! We didn't expect that! The projects continue to get bigger and bigger and will be beautiful decorative pieces. People have started to ask questions about what's going on in our building ... something about a secret mission? ... nonsense! Ignore any rumors you are hearing. We've told you before but we'll say it again: this is a TINKERING CAMP and nothing else!

In fact, today at morning circle we asked the tinkerers: "What is Tinkering?" and "Why do we Tinker?" The tinkerers wrote down their answers on pieces of paper so they can be shared with those who visit our building in the future. Here is a picture of our brainstorm session:

Each project team continues to build big! Here are slideshows of each of the three teams showing their teamwork and perseverance:

Slideshow of photos of the Up-and-Over Wall Team: (click, swipe or tap to scroll)

Slideshow of photos of the Laser Tunnel Team: (click, swipe or tap to scroll)

Slideshow of photos of the Cross-the-Lava-Flow Team: (click, swipe or tap to scroll)

The Cross-the-Lava-Flow Team tried an interesting way to encourage their teamwork this week. With Manny and Molly they discussed that people engage with a project and the design process in different ways: some people like to come up with a plan first by talking or drawing things out before building, and some people like to get busy arranging materials right away and can determine what to do best when they have materials in their hands. It can be hard for people with these different preferences to work together! The Lava team is a big group of people with different preferences so they tried forming sub-teams to work on parts of the project based on preferences. Two of the sub-teams were made up of self-selected design-first people and two sub-teams were made up of hands-on people. This was a fun experiment!

See additional photos of this week of Tinkering Day Camp SF on our Flickr album page!

Mission Impossible - SF Day Camp, Week 5, Day 3

Mission Impossible (2017)Molly MansfieldComment

<<  T R A N S M I S S I O N  >>   26 JULY 2017

<< NOTICE TO AGENTS:

INTO OUR THIRD DAY OF TRAINING AND YOU ARE CONTINUING TO LEARN TEAMWORK. IN FACT YOU'VE PROVED YOURSELVES WORTHY OF ADDITIONAL CHALLENGES AND SO A CHALLENGE YOU SHALL HAVE! IN THIS DAY OF TRAINING, YOUR SO-CALLED PROJECT "COLLABORATORS" WILL BE BANNED FROM SPEAKING AND GIVING VERBAL GUIDANCE TO YOU OF ANY KIND. IF YOU NEED THEIR HELP YOU WILL NEED TO COMMUNICATE IN A DIFFERENT WAY OR, BETTER YET, YOU WILL TURN TO EACH OTHER TO WORK THINGS OUT AND PROBLEM-SOLVE. WE ARE KEEPING WATCH. CARRY ON. >>

It's been a whirlwind of collaborating and building around Tinkering Day Camp SF today! By the end of Tuesday the tinkerers were doing so well working together, it was almost like they had an alternative agenda or motivation, but don't be fooled - all they are doing is tinkering here at camp. They were collaborating so well, in fact, that they were given a special challenge: the project collaborators (the adult staff helping with each project specifically) were not allowed to talk all morning! Tinkerers communicated with them through gestures, improvised sign language and writing but better still they did a LOT more communicating with each other to solve problems rather than turning first to an adult when a problem arose. We continue to be impressed by these Senior Tinkerers (this week we have our older tinkerers here at camp)! We also heard the tinkerers whispering to each other about some sort of "mission", but we're sure they're just joking around. Kids do that you know. Everything is fine and normal. All we're doing here is learning to collaborate through building together, we promise!

(This is a slideshow of photos: click, swipe or tap to scroll through the pictures)

See more photos of this week on our Tinkering School Day Camp SF Flickr Album page!

Mission Impossible - SF Day Camp, Week 5, Day 2

Mission Impossible (2017)Molly MansfieldComment

<<  T R A N S M I S S I O N  >>   25 JULY 2017

<< NOTICE TO AGENTS:

WELL DONE AT ORIENTATION YESTERDAY, AGENTS. YOU NOW HAVE THE BASIC EQUIPMENT SKILLS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR MISSION. NOW YOU WILL NEED TO DEVELOP THE TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION WITHIN YOUR GROUP TO BE ABLE TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGES AHEAD OF YOU. YOU ALL CAME TO US WITH A VARIETY OF TALENTS AND BACKGROUNDS. CAN YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT EACH OF YOU CAN BRING TO THE TEAM AND WORK TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH THIS CHALLENGE? WE ARE WATCHING... >>

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Well, it was another completely normal day at Tinkering School! Our tinkerers were busy working together to build their three decorative structures - structures that don't have any purpose besides looking good of course. Don't be suspicious. We would tell you if the structures had some other purpose. Pay no attention to any rumors you may hear!

Tinkerers have already been accomplishing the four Tinkering School Goals:

1. Collaborate and Make Friends

2. Try Harder Than Usual

3. Make Mistakes and Learn From Them

4. Build Something Bigger Than Yourself

Here are some photos of our day: (be sure to click, tap, or slide to see all the photos)

Check out additional photos from this tinkering week on our Flickr album page (here)!

Check out additional photos from this tinkering week on our Flickr album page (here)!

Mission Impossible - SF Day Camp, Week 5, Day 1

Mission Impossible (2017)Molly MansfieldComment

<< T R A N S M I S S I O N >>     24 JULY 2017

<< YOUR MISSION: 

ARRIVE AT 1960 BRYANT STREET FOR TRAINING ON MONDAY MORNING. IF QUESTIONED, USE THE COVER STORY THAT YOU ARE JUST A KID ATTENDING A "TINKERING DAY CAMP" WHERE YOU BUILD BIG STUFF TOGETHER. WE DO NOT EXPECT THAT YOUR MOTIVES WILL BE QUESTIONED. AFTER ORIENTATION, FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING YOUR MISSION WILL BE DISCLOSED. PHOTOS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOUR FAMILY AND THE PUBLIC GIVING THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU ARE, IN FACT, ATTENDING A TINKERING DAY CAMP. BRING FOOD, WEAR CLOSE-TOED SHOES. MORE TO FOLLOW. >>

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Hello Families and Friends of Tinkering School!

Another completely normal week of Tinkering Day Camp has begun! Today tinkerers did only pretty mundane activities. They learned to use drills, clamps and the chop saw (ho-hum) and made agreements about how to treat each other and made friends (yawn). It was a pretty average day at tinkering camp. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. Tinkerers were given the somewhat bland challenge of building some large structures out of wood together. The structures that they are building are merely decorative pieces and don't have an alternative function or purpose. There is really nothing to see here. Truly. We promise. Nothing suspicious about this week...

[Scroll, click or tap to see this slideshow of hum-drum photos from a quiet day]

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