We finished out our Under the Sea week here at day camp, finishing things up here with a spin, a float and a chomp. All the groups worked so hard all day on Friday to put some finishing touches on their projects, with folks adding movement, fabric, color and dimension.
I think the name of the game today was precision. And in order to be precise, we had to work really really slowly. Because, people tend to make mistakes when they work too quickly. I know one of our goals is to make mistakes and learn from them, but there are the mistakes where you really thought something would work, and then there are the mistakes where you tried to get something done quickly.
It's day three here at camp in San Francisco, and folks are feeling pretty comfortable with using the tools and the designs for their projects. Which means, of course, that it's time for the collaborators to up the anty.
We made so much progress on our projects today! The deep sea creature is starting to take shape, the coral reef has risen from the ocean floor, and the deep sea exploration vehicle has a control panel! As I floated around today, I got to help a lot of folks identify tricky problems in their design or plan, and try to work on solutions. I found myself mostly asking questions in order to nudge these budding problem solvers over the next hurdle.
Tuesday is our first full day of building, so everyone is always really excited to build all morning and all afternoon--the folks working with Ceili on the deep sea creature even asked if they could stay back from park!
As the teams started to move past their initial designs into serious building, some of them realized that there were gaps in their design, questions unanswered or components not accounted for. Will the roof of the submarine have a hole for the periscope? How are we going to attach the different size sections of the turtle shell so it will look 3D and people can climb inside?
All in all, a great day! High fives all around!
Welcome to week 2! We're swimming right along here in San Francisco, which is convenient because this week's theme is Under the Sea. Our day started like any Monday, with group agreements and tool training on the clamps, drills and chopsaw.
After a trip to the park to play and eat lunch, we got to find out what our projects for the week would be--yay!
Our projects this week are inspired by some news stories we've heard in the last few weeks about bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, and discovery of creatures that live in deepest parts of the ocean. So, we're building a coral reef, a deep sea creature, and a craft to explore the abyssal ocean.
We're floating right along, stay tuned! And, check out our flickr for more pictures from each day.