(cowritten by Ana and Gretchen) Picking up where we left off last night, our group was challenged with a traditional kickoff game.
The group is divided into teams of four. One camper, blindfolded, must follow directions from their group to retrieve a crumpled piece of paper and bring it back to the group chair. The other team members are forbidden from entering the coned area.
On top of that, chairs were added as obstacles and all of the teams were going at once.
After the chaos has come to a close, it's time to reflect on what went well, and what didn't. How should we communicate with our group? Why do we have group agreements?
Monday morning, we reveal the teams and the project. The project has two requirements: it has to be an animal, and it has to hold at least two collaborators. On top of that, each group has a specific characteristic for their animal.
Team Nooi has to create something LONG
Team Kablooi has to create something WIDE
Team Piki has to make something TALL
Team Panda has to make something that HANGS
Putting our driver skills to the test from yesterday's tool training. Panda starts their phoenix the way everyone at Tinkering School starts a project: with a box.
Nooi has started to create a l o n g alpaca. They started with a doubled sided bench, an ambitious start to the week. Before long, they had a backrest, feet, and seating for nine.
Piki ponders how to make a tall giraffe and how to get up it using 2x3's. A common rut we run into is what to do after we make the actual rectangle box.
This morning, our Tinkerers were saying "How are we going to build this?!?!". By the end of the day, many are thinking about the progress they've made, "We're already finished...?" The cool thing about Juniors week is that everyone brings a great amount of energy that helps us collaborators hit the ground running. And we still have three more build days! Everyone at camp is psyched to watch these animals grow (or shrink?)