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TSO - H - Day 2 - Four Teams With Dreams

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After a hardy breakfast of pancakes and waffles, we get straight to business starting out with team assignments. Kaitlyn enthusiastically calls for a drumroll and announces the four teams one by one (Piki, Nooi, Kablooi, and Panda).

And the teams are...

Piki - led by Miles - Kiana, Trinity, Hunter, Adam, and Ryker V.

Nooi - led by Max - Izzy, Sophia, Aime, Charlie, and Luke

Kablooi - led by Frannie - Sofia, Ryker L., Gigi, and Ian

Panda - led by Kevin - Cooper, Patrick, Gretchen, Alice, and Charlotte

The first task for each team is to come up with group agreements that they will follow throughout the week. Each team takes a piece of butcher paper and some markers to jot down the ideas.

Team Nooi discusses group agreements.

Team Nooi discusses group agreements.

Once the agreements are signed by all of the team members, it is time to reveal the project. The project this week is to build a cart that can travel, in one go, from the build site all the way to the gate of Elkus Ranch. Note: Team Panda, which collectively is carted out from previous years, choose the option to build a zip line.

The course that the teams will take there carts on.

The course that the teams will take there carts on.

The teams, overloaded with ideas, jump right into planning.

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Up at the build site, teams start to plan and test preliminary ideas. Team Piki opts to go for a 3-wheel design and starts measuring plywood for the wheel box.

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Team Nooi discusses plans for a brakes systems using brake calipers.

Team Nooi discusses plans for a brakes systems using brake calipers.

Team Kablooi starts work on a frame for their carts.

Team Kablooi starts work on a frame for their carts.

Team Panda starts by climbing and scouting out a tree for their zipline.

Team Panda starts by climbing and scouting out a tree for their zipline.

Miles and Adam start cutting ply-wood for their first

Miles and Adam start cutting ply-wood for their first

Gigi talks wheels with shop steward Brendon.

Gigi talks wheels with shop steward Brendon.

Team Kablooi's frame quickly starts to take shape.

Ryker L. constructs a corner of the frame.

Ryker L. constructs a corner of the frame.

Aime and Sophia start work on a steering system.

Aime and Sophia start work on a steering system.

After lunch, campers started work on side projects allowing them to take a break from the main project.

Patrick tries to hollow out a 2x3 to make a canoe.

Patrick tries to hollow out a 2x3 to make a canoe.

By mid-afternoon Team Nooi has a prototype of their steering system before deciding to change from a 3-wheeled design to a 4-wheeled one.

Luke measures legs in order to design seats for the cart.

Luke measures legs in order to design seats for the cart.

Team Panda worked in the morning to make a ladder in order to make it easier to climb into the treehouse, which will be their starting platform for the zip line. They discover that the ladder has some structural issues.

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As a Tinkering School tradition, the lightest team member, Patrick, tests out the structure first.

As a Tinkering School tradition, the lightest team member, Patrick, tests out the structure first.

Gretchen and Patrick check that the knots attaching the ladder to the platform were secure.

Gretchen and Patrick check that the knots attaching the ladder to the platform were secure.

Team Piki already has a suspension and steering system combined into one part.

Hunter shows off a potential way to steer Team Piki's cart.

Hunter shows off a potential way to steer Team Piki's cart.

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Portrait of a tinkerer - Alice hanging out on a swing.

Portrait of a tinkerer - Alice hanging out on a swing.

After much progress from a long day of working, it is time to cleanup. While folding over a tarp, we discover an extremely vibrant frog.

Hungry and tired, we head down for dinner, and afterwards split into evening activities. A notable one was fire bending in which hot coals were placed onto a piece of wood and blown on to burn away sections of wood.

Charlotte sprays some cooking spray into the fire for some explosive excitement.

Charlotte sprays some cooking spray into the fire for some explosive excitement.

Exhausted from the long day, we wind down for the night with some hot chocolate. Tomorrow we will continue working away at our carts and zip line with new found energy.

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