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Cross the River - Session 9 - MONDAY!

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This week, Junior Day Camp has a challenge: Cross the River two ways.

No, of course there isn't a real river at 1920 Bryant Street. Of course, the things we build are probably not going to be waterproof. Of course, we're going to build using the tools and materials that we practiced with all morning. 

Yes, this is really just a challenge meant to get us to work as a team and learn more about building friendships and cool stuff out of wood. So, we're all pretty excited about it!

Here's a little glimpse of what today looked like:

Tool practice!

Tool practice!

More tool practice!

More tool practice!

Even more tool practice!

Even more tool practice!

And even more, more tool practice!

And even more, more tool practice!

... And then, the pitch. We have to cross the river two ways: OVER and THROUGH. 

Everyone split into teams, and shared their ideas about what we would build to get us OVER the river, or THROUGH the river. I was lucky enough to sit in on the THROUGH brainstorm session, and it was pretty amazing. I was thinking boat, but they landed on train! We're making a train to travel through the river. Awesome!

The OVER team spent the afternoon chatting about replication and how to make a component that could be built, tested, and then replicated over and over to make a bridge of sorts. This group split into smaller groups and built some prototypes that they will chat about tomorrow. 

And on a semi-related note, one of the folks from the OVER team decided to replicate a component by attaching wood together in a very unconventional way. Did you know you can make wood LONGER? Just ask Oscar how! Here's a preview:

All week we will be posting more photos and stories. Be sure to check out Flickr for more sweet/amazing/awesome photos. 

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