Welcome to Tinkering School! Today our campers arrived as expected, full of nervous and excited energy to learn to use power tools, work together to solve problems, and have fun making mistakes.
In order to make sure we are safe, efficient, and happy this week we bring everyone together to go over rules in the first group circle of summer 2017!
First, everyone goes around and introduces themselves, their nickname, and what tool we feel a connection with: notepads, hammers, table saws, pocket knives, iPads, computerized drawing pads... Together we have quite the tool belt!
Right after circle, we break up into groups of three. Daniel, Henry, Joe, and Julian embark on the first tour of the Elkus Ranch grounds, gradually making their way up the hill near the water towers where the build site is. (We'll be getting very familiar with this hill, up every morning and down every evening.)
Meanwhile, tool training is underway with plenty of time to get to know the woodshop and the drills, chopsaw, and clamps.
Even if a camper has already used our tools before, another function of tool training is to let Tinkerers know where everything is and to orient them to the shop.
It's important to make mistakes at Tinkering School, so that you and your friends can learn from them. In clamp training, Kevin asks the campers to identify what mistake she is making when using the squeezy blue clamp. Joe raises his hand: "The yellow part is hanging over the edge!" They're so ready to start building in the morning!
We play on tire swings until dinner is ready and then we feast! Tomorrow we learn what our project will be and get to build build build all day! Wow. We have so much ahead of us.