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Neverland (2016)

Neverland - Session 3 - Thursday

Neverland (2016)Lindsay JonesComment

Now that every tinkerer knows their way around a project, the blank canvases they've built have the shape of a Clock-odile, Village, and Lagoon. Today the kids transformed these projects and made them real. It's clear to someone who has no clue what the theme of the week is, what the kids are working on.

They built ladders,

planted seaweed,

created crabs,

And tinkered their way into some very important and complex features that needed to exist.

How do we connect these pieces of fabric?

How do we attach fabric to wood?

How do we make water that isn't wet!?

How do we get from the treehouse to the meeting room?

How do we make a door without hinges!?

Neverland - Session 3 - Day 3

Neverland (2016)Lindsay JonesComment

On Wednesday, at closing circle, the kids answered the question "What surprised you today?" and several shared a version of "We got a lot more done than I thought we were going to!"

One tinkerer thought it was because of the great teamwork in their group.  We all agreed we worked hard all day and were super tired.  

Wednesdays are an awesome point in the week, because the kids feel confident with the tools, they know what needs to happen to progress the project, and basic structures are beginning to take shape, which keeps us all motivated to keep going to see what we can accomplish!

Today skeletons were fleshed out.

Today support beams became floors that could hold 13 tinkerers at once!

Today frames became rock grottos.

Tomorrow we'll start adding features to make our projects unique and as awesome as our brains can imagine!

Neverland - Session 3 - Day 2

Neverland (2016)Lindsay JonesComment
Goooooood mornin' Neverland!

Goooooood mornin' Neverland!

This morning, tinkerers started off the build session with solid plans and some pieces they had cut the previous afternoon.

Each project had a planning meeting to figure out who would be responsible for different jobs and to agree on some ways to collaborate with each other.  Tinkerers had clear goals and knew what needed to get done.

With the "what should i be doing?" part taken care of we were free to go - go - go and see if the morning matched our plans. How many problems would we run into and what would we do about it!?

Eden shows her teamates how the drill bit wasn't locked into her drill before she started drilling.

Eden shows her teamates how the drill bit wasn't locked into her drill before she started drilling.

Sophia and Eden working together to create a frame for the Mermaid Lagoon.

Sophia and Eden working together to create a frame for the Mermaid Lagoon.

Daria and Lily helping the frame they made perform cartwheels, so it will match up with the other frame!

Daria and Lily helping the frame they made perform cartwheels, so it will match up with the other frame!

Anna and Sage cut out a Clockodile jaw!

Anna and Sage cut out a Clockodile jaw!

Cole gives the Clockodile a nice pat on the back.

Cole gives the Clockodile a nice pat on the back.

Maya and Mathew work on the Treehouse frame.

Maya and Mathew work on the Treehouse frame.

Connor and Haruki measure the distance the floor supports need to cover.

Connor and Haruki measure the distance the floor supports need to cover.

Tinkerers took breaks to doodle some inspiration for the projects and drink lots of water!

Kids test how much weight a 2x3 can really hold before they design the floor of their Treehouse.

Kids test how much weight a 2x3 can really hold before they design the floor of their Treehouse.

Floor building in progress! Check out the solution for connecting the supports to the frame!

Floor building in progress! Check out the solution for connecting the supports to the frame!

Jett and Arturo are on a quest to test out every saw in the shop to see how they each cut.

Jett and Arturo are on a quest to test out every saw in the shop to see how they each cut.

The Clockodile is starting to look hungry.

The Clockodile is starting to look hungry.

Here is what we accomplished in one day! These kids are working together and working hard!  Can't wait to see what we've accomplished after a confident Wednesday!

Neverland - Session 3 - Day 1

Neverland (2016)Lindsay JonesComment

This morning as tinkerers went through tool training, they practiced much more than tool safety and use.  We also worked on some key Tinkering School goals:

Collaborating and making friends.

Collaborating and making friends.

Trying harder than usual.

Trying harder than usual.

Learning from mistakes.

Learning from mistakes.

and making something bigger than ourselves.

and making something bigger than ourselves.

After playing at the park and getting some calories into our bodies, so our brains were ready for a big design session, the theme Neverland was announced! We are excited to emphasize the spirit of Neverland :

always using our imaginations and..

always using our imaginations and..

Never growing up!

Never growing up!

to make our tinkering experience super magical this week.

Each kid is going to be sprinkling some of their own fairy dust on a Lost Children Village, a Clock-odile, and a Mermaid Lagoon!

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