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Spring Break Camp 2016 - Day 1

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Odessa and Zachary help each other make a Clampamajig

Odessa and Zachary help each other make a Clampamajig

Pascal and Ayden worked together in drill training to make an arrow!

Pascal and Ayden worked together in drill training to make an arrow!

Ryan practices his chop-saw technique.

Ryan practices his chop-saw technique.

We started off this week with basic tool training on the drills, chopsaw, and clamps. What can't you do with those tools and a group of friends?!  After the kids spent the whole morning learning how to use 3 new tools and each others names they went off to play at the park. 

Caroline challenges our brainz

Caroline challenges our brainz

When the kids get back from the park they STILL DON'T KNOW what the project is!!!! Instead of telling us the theme of the week right away, Caroline asked us if we thought she could cut a hole in a piece of paper that she could fit her whole body through.

"No way."

Caroline blows our minds.

Caroline blows our minds.

We then watched Caroline make several small cuts in her paper until she opened it to reveal a ring of paper big enough that she could fit her whole body through! She showed us how our brains are used to assuming how things work and therefore how easy it is to trick them!

This week's theme is inspired by Friday: April Fool's day and we are going to try our hardest to create optical illusions to trick our families eyes and minds on Friday!  The projects so far are: a Flying Carpet, an Escher Stairway, and a Magic Grow Room.

We spent the afternoon designing...

Prototyping...

Brainstorming with wood...

Exploring materials...

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And helping out our team mates.

Because of the explicit trickery in this week's projects, we started out with some deep, deep thinking about perspective, vanishing points, eyeballs, and squid camouflage.  These kids are super committed to making things look and work right this week and we are excited to see them already focussing harder and planning their iterations!

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