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Spring Break Camp 2016 - Day 2

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Maelys builds iteration 2 of our magic grow room prototype.

Maelys builds iteration 2 of our magic grow room prototype.

Tuesdays are when we get ourselves into gear. Monday left us all revved up and ready to go, but we still need some practice with the drills and to make real plans for what we are really going to build.

Gautam and Zach clamp and attach pieces of the stairs they are making.

Gautam and Zach clamp and attach pieces of the stairs they are making.

The Escher Stairway decided to wrap their minds around regular stairs, before they tried to get really crazy. They began to build a stairway based on the models around our space.

Magic Carpet prototype!

Magic Carpet prototype!

The Magic Carpet team began some prototyping for the illusion part of their project, while others began making things to distract you!

Alex measures the angles of one side of the stairs.

Alex measures the angles of one side of the stairs.

The Stair Team finished two halves of the supports and then compared them to see if they would match up.

Alex declares, "NOT GOOD ENOUGH."

Alex declares, "NOT GOOD ENOUGH."

The kids decided that the first attempt wasn't up to snuff and they should correct their angles.  Having them observe and decide on their own that the project should be improved is so great and it also gives them more opportunities to practice their tool skills!

Clarice and Lana show us how big the chair is actually going to be. Whoa.

Clarice and Lana show us how big the chair is actually going to be. Whoa.

The Magic Grow Room team had some kids working on furniture for inside the room and some prototyping the room itself, with kids deciding for themselves if they felt like building or hard thinking. They communicated with each other, so that there was always a few brains and hands on each team.

 

By the end of the day things were definitely coming together.

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