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Under the Sea (2017)

Under the Sea, Day 4, Week 2, SF

Under the Sea (2017)Piper AlldredgeComment

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. 

Under the Sea, Week 2, SF, Day 2

Under the Sea (2017)Piper AlldredgeComment

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. 

Hayden is convinced that the propeller on the submarine needs to be pedal powered from the front of the sub. OK! How are we going to make that happen with the materials we have on hand?

Hayden is convinced that the propeller on the submarine needs to be pedal powered from the front of the sub. OK! How are we going to make that happen with the materials we have on hand?

Plus, we got to learn to use a few different tools too! Isla and Ethan needed to cut out their hermit crabs, se we got a refresher on how to use the bandsaw.

Plus, we got to learn to use a few different tools too! Isla and Ethan needed to cut out their hermit crabs, se we got a refresher on how to use the bandsaw.

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! 

Mia and Piper working on a smaller turtle to go with the coral reef. 

Mia and Piper working on a smaller turtle to go with the coral reef. 

Alexander, Jake, Trevor and Vijay get ready to stand up one of the walls of the submarine. 

Alexander, Jake, Trevor and Vijay get ready to stand up one of the walls of the submarine. 

Submarine workers attach floor joists to mount their plywood floor. 

Submarine workers attach floor joists to mount their plywood floor. 

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?

The folks building the deep sea creature often needed to pause and get back on the same page in order to move forward with a unified plan. 

The folks building the deep sea creature often needed to pause and get back on the same page in order to move forward with a unified plan. 

The submarine team hit pause shortly before the end of our afternoon build session in order to get back on the same page with their design. The group hasn't made one design drawing that includes all the different components--bench, control panel, periscope, propeller--to work from, so we started to get worried about some details falling through the cracks.

The submarine team hit pause shortly before the end of our afternoon build session in order to get back on the same page with their design. The group hasn't made one design drawing that includes all the different components--bench, control panel, periscope, propeller--to work from, so we started to get worried about some details falling through the cracks.

Evan demonstrates a method for attaching the concentric octagons that make up the sea turtle shell. 

Evan demonstrates a method for attaching the concentric octagons that make up the sea turtle shell. 

And the coral reef is taking shape! It looks like the team might cover some of the shape of their structure with fabric to give it texture and form.

And the coral reef is taking shape! It looks like the team might cover some of the shape of their structure with fabric to give it texture and form.

All in all, a great day! High fives all around! 

Under the Sea, Week 2, SF, Day 1

Under the Sea (2017)Piper AlldredgeComment

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. 

Leda, Audrey, Adelaide and Justine work on building a clamp-a-ma-jig in clamp training.

Leda, Audrey, Adelaide and Justine work on building a clamp-a-ma-jig in clamp training.

Nathan helps Harrison change drill bits in drills practice. 

Nathan helps Harrison change drill bits in drills practice. 

Manny steps aside while Mia makes her first cut on the chopsaw. Great form!

Manny steps aside while Mia makes her first cut on the chopsaw. Great form!

And in drill training, Jake and Vijay built a puppet theater! 

And in drill training, Jake and Vijay built a puppet theater! 

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! 

What a beautiful day for a picnic!

What a beautiful day for a picnic!

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.

The deep sea creature group began by listening to an NPR story about an expedition to search for undiscovered species in the deep ocean.

The deep sea creature group began by listening to an NPR story about an expedition to search for undiscovered species in the deep ocean.

Dylan adds some dimensions and details to the exploration vehicle's design.

Dylan adds some dimensions and details to the exploration vehicle's design.

Phoebe and Minyoung work on constructing a frame for the base of the coral reef. The reef builders started by laying out the size of a few sections of coral on the floor, then started putting pieces together. 

Phoebe and Minyoung work on constructing a frame for the base of the coral reef. The reef builders started by laying out the size of a few sections of coral on the floor, then started putting pieces together. 

We're floating right along, stay tuned! And, check out our flickr for more pictures from each day. 

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