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2015 Session D - Middles

Session D: Day 7 - Race and Deconstruct

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Now complete, and with parents arriving, it’s time for the big race. Though race is a strong word for what happens next. The track is designed with some pretty tight turns and narrow paths, so passing is almost impossible. We are also a bunch of pretty friendly folks, so rating is out of the question. To top if off, on our first go 3 out of 4 carts broke down dramatically, losing wheels, or the ability to steer.

Many were convinced that the racing was over, but to everyone’s delight each team went to pit crew, made rapid fixes and upgrades, and everyone was ready for one more race in just 10 minutes. 

After racing, playing, and showing off, it was time for deconstruction. We may have needed to build a life-size Mario Kart race, but we don’t need to own one. So to drive home this point, the kids and parents help us take everything apart and reclaim the materials for out next project. 

Session D: Day 6 - More, More, More, Again

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What a day! We woke up to idea’s feeling half finished, incomplete, and potentially impossible. We ended the day with a huge bowsers castle, four fully functional carts, a rainbow road with dozens of stars, and ice world with 2 igloos, and an erupting DK mountain. 

Each team had it’s struggles, set backs, and achievements. The progress is palpable. Check out how each section of the track comes alive across the photos! 

Session D: Day 4 - Progress and Rest

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Wednesday starts with a functional cart under our belt. But there is so much room to grow. Wheels to experiment with, steering to adjust, and trials to run. 

The scenery and prop making this session are like nothing ever seen before at Tinkering School. Castles, rainbows made of stars, mountains, and igloos are all taking shape.

And right as we meet some success we stop to rest. A full all camp stop to the beach. A short bus ride on the Samtrans 17 down to Linda Mar. We play in the water, burry each other in sand, eat lunch, and lay out in the sun. Sunscreen is liberal and we all make it out without a sunburn.

Once back on campus we shower off. Some opt to get hosed down, we just want to get the salt and sand off. With our brains fried by swimming and sun, we continue the theme of relaxation and get ready for movie night, which tonight is the Secret of Kells.

After that it’s time for bed. Tomorrow is a big day. Thursday is where things get tricky.