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PLUS & DELTA: GODZILLA MONSTER

Sean Murray

WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT?

It was a 5-day camp with 36 kids, held in the mayo factory. The theme of the week was "Monster City". The big projects were a pretty-huge-sized replica of the spire of the Chrysler Building (for King Kong to climb), a 40'x40' city made of cardboard and a moving, rolling Godzilla Monster (to destroy the Cardboard City at the end of the week.

Lindsay was leading this project, she knew that Godzilla needed to roll, and should have some interesting bells and whistles (i.e., be more than just a box on casters).


PLUS

  • kids forming teams and cooperating on their own (kids self selected into small groups focused on subtasks, and cooperated through tough spots with minimal adult help)
  • killer execution (kids losing themselves of features like shingled-spinal spikes, an articulate tail made of hinges, and the crazy fabric skin and eyes

DELTA

  • not quite enough time to bring features from "Good Enough" to "Really Sweet" (It could have breathed fire!)

BIG TAKEAWAYS

Awesome execution always feels good. 

Build a frame as quickly as you can, then start in on the interesting stuff.

 

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