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TSO-G Day 5: Dragons Rear Their Heads, Gears Grind, Waff-Cakes Take Shape

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Dragons reared their beautiful heads as junior and senior Tinkerers stapled canvas to the fabled winged characters’ box shaped domes and began painting in their features Thursday. At least one of these dragons will be breathing bubbles instead of fire as it flies along a proposed zip line. The other, built by the seniors, received it’s second wing.

Junior Tinkerer, Sofia, helps to paint the junior team’s dragon head.

Junior Tinkerer, Sofia, helps to paint the junior team’s dragon head.

“I think I should burn my name onto the dragon,” senior Tinkerer, Ben, said as he used the sun and a magnifying glass to burn his name into a piece of wood.

“No, Ben!” his teammates exclaimed as they resumed attaching canvas to the their dragon’s head.

The music box team recreated their gear mechanism and came closer to realizing their goal of creating a music box from wood, metal and PVC.

“Ah, it was so good for like half a second,” senior Tinkerer, Charlotte, said as she and her teammate, Sebastian, tested their sprockets together.

Senior Tinkerers, Charlotte and Sebastian, work with collaborator, max, to test a newly devised set of sprockets inside of their music box framing.

Senior Tinkerers, Charlotte and Sebastian, work with collaborator, max, to test a newly devised set of sprockets inside of their music box framing.

The brief success could only motivate them, though.

“All these days of nothing, and finally, it’s coming together,” senior Tinkerer, Thaddeus, said with satisfaction.

A slight change in order came from the Buttery Pancake Slide team. First, they moved their slide to a place that did not feed into a patch of poison oak below, and they realized that making square waffles would be a more practical build than round cakes.

The Buttery Pancake Slide team works together to move their ride away from a small patch of poison oak before making anymore modifications in their build.

The Buttery Pancake Slide team works together to move their ride away from a small patch of poison oak before making anymore modifications in their build.

“We’re making six waffles this thick,” senior Tinkerer, Generosity, said as she demonstrated with her hands what would surround the platform attached to the top of their slide.

“We’re making waff-cakes,” her teammate, Trinity, said after playing with a couple of different waffle and pancake fused names.

Finally, the mech suits were being modified throughout the day, and one high chair was built for a seating area allowing for the putting on of Mech Air boots.

Check out the photo slideshow of Tinkerers’ progress during their third build day.









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