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Cross the River - Friday!!!!

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What an intense building week at Junior Day Camp! We can hardly believe we made it to Friday!

The morning was our final building session and it was important for us all to GO SLOW. When we are running out of time to do things that we want to do, too often we will rush, make silly mistakes (the kind that maybe we should have ALREADY learned from), or even get hurt. We were mindful to slow down and focus on collaborating instead of finishing the project. In fact, we even talked about how finishing the projects is NOT one of our four Tinkering School goals!

And while we did finish parts of the train to go through the river and the bridge to go over the river, we didn't finish all of the things we had hoped to accomplish. And that's okay! We discovered that you can learn a lot from not finishing what you had hoped to finish. And learning IS one of our four Tinkering School goals!

At the end of the day, the families of tinkerers came to see what we had built and to hear us discuss how we had collaborated, built things bigger than ourselves, tried hard, and made mistakes and learned from them all week.

Here are some photos of the day, and be sure to check out our Flickr page for even more!

Finishing touches to connect parts of the bridge together

Finishing touches to connect parts of the bridge together

We made a mistake and made the slide for the bridge TOO STEEP! 

We made a mistake and made the slide for the bridge TOO STEEP! 

So we had to get creative...

So we had to get creative...

With a little tinkering, we discovered that the slide could become the bridge platform instead!

With a little tinkering, we discovered that the slide could become the bridge platform instead!

Meanwhile, the THROUGH the river group made benches for the train!

Meanwhile, the THROUGH the river group made benches for the train!

Of course we needed to take breaks for play time and lunch on Friday. Especially on Friday!

Of course we needed to take breaks for play time and lunch on Friday. Especially on Friday!

And we surprised Nathan with an impromptu game of tinkerer hide and seek!

And we surprised Nathan with an impromptu game of tinkerer hide and seek!

Then the time to build ran out!

Then the time to build ran out!

And we did some safety testing...

And we did some safety testing...

...and determined some weight limits for our structures...

...and determined some weight limits for our structures...

...and tested them some more!

...and tested them some more!

Then we shared with our tinkerer families...

Then we shared with our tinkerer families...

And they helped us to take everything apart!

And they helped us to take everything apart!

It was another great week of Tinkering at Junior Day Camp! Thank you tinkerers! Keep on tinkering!

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