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Day Six - Very Functional

2013 session 4 - JuniorsJoshua RothhaasComment

We did it. Made from a drawing, raw creative energy, some 1x4 wood, a few bolts and plenty of screws. Today all 4 teams successfully send their rolling body suits from the barn all the way to the bridge. Megan takes her roll suit for a test run. P1110798

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Nooi Successful test tun from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

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Campers are tied off so that collaborators can pull the emergency break. P1110828

Nooi celebrates a completely successful run. P1110847 P1110854 P1110853 P1110866

Nick learns that parachord will not make a great zip-line. To much give. D7K 9595 D7K 9600

Team Kablooi was still dealing with handling issues this morning. P1110870 P1110876

While team Panda realized they needed to lock their nuts in place to keep their wheels on. P1110905 P1110912

Nick gears up for his big run. P1110919 P1120003

Nick finds him self mastering the intricacies of his carts handling and comes careening down the hill with amazing confidence and speed.

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Panda Team, Successful Test 5 from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

Team Piki works on a new knee shield and breaking system. They are the only team without a successful run at this point. They refuse to be the team that didn't pull it off and muster up incredible focus for their final push. D7K 9652

Gretchen poses with team Kablooi's rolling suit. D7K 9665

Ana takes a very intentional and controlled run down the road. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/72532809 w=500&h=281]

Kablooi Successful Run from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

Joey goes for a smooth ride down the road. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/72532810 w=500&h=281]

Nooi Successful Run 2 from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

And predictably, after hours of pushing, rapid testing, team conflict and startling flexibility, Noah takes team Piki's fully functional cart for a wildly successful run down the hill.

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Piki Successful Full Run from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

And we celebrate the moment when every team has at least one successful run under their belt. D7K 9701

Bryn, energized by their teams success, takes hold of the steering mechanism and heads down the hill. D7K 9702

The controls are wonky, the strength required is startling but exciting. Bryn eventually gains control.

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Panda Team Successful Run, Bryn from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

And we celebrate. D7K 9710

Yoel is up next to brave the slopes. D7K 9714

He has control, but Josh is still very excited to have an extra way to stop him.

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Panda Team Successful Run, Yoel from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

And we celebrate. D7K 9716

Cameron joins the fray as he rides team Piki's suit down the hill. D7K 9720

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Piki Successful Full Run, Cameron from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

Quietly, in the background, Josh, Oren and Christie has been laboring away at an adult sized chest piece. The adventure looks like to much fun. We use the what the kids built for our arm and leg pieces, and would have used their chest piece, but they were far to small.

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Oren prepares for his first run. D7K 9738

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Oren the Collaborator dives down the hill from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

Oren is a little bit larger than any of the kids, so the his breaking system takes a bit more damage than anticipated. D7K 9765

Josh joins the fun. D7K 9772

He stops by the tire swing to invite the kids to watch his run. D7K 9787

It goes incredibly well. The upper speed and control potential on these suits is spectacular. The handling provided by the arm pieces made by Kablooi, and the leg pieces made by Panda are precise.

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Josh's speed run from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

After a long hard day of tinkering and down hill lounging, we play. We swing, we celebrate, we tell stories and we play.

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And to end our long and wonderful day we give the Junior Collaborators a spin on the body suits.

Kevin has an amazing time. D7K 9809

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Kevin's Full Run from Tinkering School on Vimeo.

Tomorrow we wrap up, show off to the parents and try and leave Elkus Ranch cleaner than we found it.

It's been an amazing week.

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