Monday morning at Overnight camp is an exciting time; everyone's well-rested and ready to learn what the week's project is. Our Engineer Kaitlyn gathers everyone after breakfast for a meeting to discuss our theme.
Our project this week is Cart Jousting, which means each group will build a cart with the purpose of unseating their opponents' carts. All the groups will contribute to the track on which the carts will run.
The rules for this week's joust were created by all four groups together. Each cart will carry a watermelon, which scores extra points for the team's adversary if it's broken.
The groups - named in classic Tinkering School fashion Piki, Nooi, Kablooi, and Panda - split up and discuss their plans. Various designs emerge for the carts, along with a number of ideas for weapons. The consensus seems to be that the carts should deflect as much of an incoming attack as possible, while still delivering enough of a blow to knock the opponent off the track.
Our first order of business is to distribute our wheels. In accordance with Rule 3 we hold a RoShamBo tournament to determine the order in which the groups get to choose wheels. Caroline stands in for the Kablooi team, which spent some extra time down the hill designing their cart. In the end, Nooi chooses first, followed by Panda, Kablooi and Piki.
With the wheels dispersed, the groups get down to business building their carts, defenses and weaponry.
Some groups have focused on building their armament, the thought being that aggression on the lists will score the most points.
Other teams focus on their defenses, thinking that if they can prevent the bulk of the damage to their cart, they'll emerge victorious.
As lunch approaches we greet Daniel, one of our collaborators who just returned from his brother's wedding!
After lunch, Caroline pulls a few people from each team to work on the track sections.
Piki, Nooi, Kablooi, and Panda all continue work on their carts through the afternoon.
As the afternoon wears on, and our building winds down, we come across a few of our neighbors and offer them a token of friendship.
After dinner, Caroline breaks out our telescope to see what we can see.
All four groups have made considerable progress today, and the rail is on track to be used for practice tilts later this week. Everyone's excited for another full day of building tomorrow as they drift out of the Conference Center and off to bed.