The morning starts off slower than yesterday (the girls slept late, we made it all the way to 7am), but with enthusiasm at the chance to tackle the project we've all had on our minds.
Each team approaches the problem in different ways -we each grab the tools we need for the job.
The First Track Team equips themselves pens and sets to work.
And with rapid scribbling....
They arrive at something they can work with.
The other track team, the "Funnel Bumpers," take a different approach, and start their first prototype.
The first day of work on the project is always full of ups and downs, challenges and accomplishments, as the kids meet their first design challenges and start to imagine how the project will come together. I got the chance to talk to a few of the kids about their experiences.
Lila tells me about what the "Funnel Bumpers" were up to today.
The First Track Team also got a lot accomplished today. Aimee talks me through their design plan and her experiences.
Clementine told me about her cart team, as of yet unnamed:
Allison discusses the approach her team took:
The camaraderie in the barn is tangible. Teamwork is at a peak - the kids have to work within there own team, but also within the group at large, if this project is going to come together. Carts must fit in tracks, everything has to work in unity.
Working together creates some wonderful moments.
We take time for other things too. The project, while engaging, isn't everything.
After dinner, we have time to relax, free build, and blog time. Kids have the freedom to hang out, play on the playground, and/or pick out their own projects, like Barrow's legos.
Primo tells me his favorite moment was building a little four wheeled scooter that doesn't have steering yet during free build.
Today ends with excitement, and kids looking forward to watching the project evolve into a real roller coaster. Tomorrow brings more project work and a trip to the beach.