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Session G: Day 4 - Let's Build Stuff

2015 Session G - MiddlesSerena G-HComment

Emily is excited to be a part of morning circle in her hammock chair. We discuss the project's progress and create a plan for the day. 

Once we finish morning circle, we split into our teams. Nooi has a meeting in which they talk about what has to happen in order to stay on track.

Stephanie is proud of Kablooi's replica of the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building). Kablooi is going for a "World Tour" theme on their hole this week. 

Nathan and Aidan test out a track for Kablooi's "Kdunk-Kdunk." 

Piki works out details and finicky things in their plans for an elevator.

Johnny and Kavin make a killer team— they've already built two A-frames, and now they're attaching them. 

Portrait of a Tinkerer's Hands: Isabella puts together the "frame" for part of the Kablooi's mini golf course.

The "Eiffel Tower" Johnny and Kavin have built doubles as a starting point for the gondola Kablooi plans to build. A water bottle serves as a test dummy for the zipline.

Isabella works on a tram. Getting the rails to align properly can be difficult. 

Portrait of a Tinkerer: Johnny, always up for anything. 

Brigid and Claire taking a well-deserved break.

Intense card games, or Lauren teaches Claire to play "Speed." Depends on who you happen to ask. 

Siesta time is a great time to work on parachord projects. Jenny works on weaving her backrest. 

Team Nooi, hard at work. From left to right, they're working on a mountain range, a siege tower, and a catapult. 

A view from below the soccer ball catching net on "Skullcrusher Mountain." Some nice trucker's hitches on display here. 

Andrew, our resident basketball expert, shows us how it's done. Score!

Ray's made a find he plans to use in his and Connor's catapult project. 

Emily (outside the photo), Lauren and Delaney rig up an elevator mechanism. 

The ball-run requires some weaving, skills we've acquired from our bench projects earlier this week. 

Connor, Ray, and a catapult.

And it works! The ball flies beautifully. 

Stephanie tests the aptly named Kablooi "Kdunk-Kdunk," a ball track which takes the ball from the top of the Burj Khalifa down to the ground. 

Piki works to disassemble a prototype for their ramp for their "Underwater Unicornland" themed hole.

Portrait of a Tinkerer: Andrew, focusing on the ramp prototype.

Portrait of a Tinkerer: Max, if you time it right, can be super photogenic. 

Nooi is finally ready to move their massive mountain set-up down to the area they've claimed for their hole. 

Today, we got to it. We hit the ground running, and made progress in leaps and bounds. Large sections of track are coming along, each team has come up with and has begun to execute several different unique ideas. We're developing an imposing "Skullcrusher Mountain," a magical "Underwater Unicornland," and a wonder-filled "World Tour." Kids are excited and engaged, and by the end of the day, we share Connor's tiredness, but also a collective enthusiasm. Tonight, our tangle of colorful ideas will fill our dreams and imagination.  

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