Building the individual components of our Rube Goldberg contraption is pretty tough.
Getting all those parts to work together is even tougher.
Right now we have a plinko machine, a marble run tower, a chemistry=powered balloon rocket, giant dominoes, a bowling ball ski jump and a big swingin' boot.
We have one day left to get all the components working together with the hopes of a chain reaction ending with the human-free operation of a chopsaw.
The great thing about Tinkering School is it's very open-ended. We have no idea how or whether this thing is going to work. We're just gonna try really hard and see what happens
We're making a Rube Goldberg-inspired chain reaction contraption this week. It requires lots of patience and a willingness to fight against finicky mechanisms.
Also, we are in collective love with the saws. Click below to move through a gallery of cuts, cuts, cuts!
This week we are going to do things the hard way...for fun! Using the drilling, clamping and chop saw skills we learned this morning we are going to create the most complex, twisty, turny, loud, amazing way to cut a tiny stick of wood: An Action-Reaction Machine!
Tinkerers got right to work on a "Plinko" ball bearing run, a Giant Domino run, and a gas powered - chemical reaction Balloon Rocket segment!
With one tower, the Plinko base, and tons of dominos finished in one afternoon we are hitting the ground running on this Rube Goldberg machine! We can't wait to see what else these tinkerers think up for it!
To see more captivating pictures of tinkering - in - progress head on over to our flickr page!
The biggest obstacle that we overcame today (besides the GIANT CLIMBING WALL/WEB) was containing our excitement about playing on the obstacles, so that we could finish them! AGH! It was hard, but look what these Tinkerers accomplished this week:
A branching tunnel so long it won't fit in one photo!
We hit some tricky design problems with the Monkey bars, but finished in time to swing around!
A lot of the obstacles involved not just fastening pieces of wood together, but also complex rope situations, that even the tiniest of fingers mastered.
After flailing through the Balloon Pit we snaked through the Laser Maze!
Then it was up the Climbing Wall and, with an exciting twist, down the Spider Web backwards!!
The space was so filled with giant things to play on that we didn't have enough room to attempt to maneuver around on our Huge Team-Skis. The campers this week had no problem visualizing and creating their dream playground this week.
We were impressed with how teams powered through each frustrating moment. We are excited to see what they get up to in the future. But for now ....
LETS PLAY WITH BALLOONS!!!
After only four days, we have a pretty awesome obstacle course.
There's a fake laser maze--it took a lot of concentration and attention to detail to string all the fake lasers, and then add jinglebells to each (so they make a sound if you hit a laser!)
There's also a Tunnel of Epicness + Monkeybars, that's well over 20 feet of climbing, crawling and swinging.
We wove (yes, wove) walls of a balloon pit, which we'll fill with balloons tomorrow, (after we calm down from the sheer excitement of having balloons and balloon pumps.)
And, oh yes--a climbing wall, which our campers started only this morning--and were testing parts of by this afternoon!
We have one full day left, check out our next post for the full, finished obstacle course!
The second day of Tinkering School is so exciting because we get to jump right into building! Yesterday afternoon all the projects got their bases pretty well constructed so today we took everything to the next level.
As each project progressed and solved problems, tinkerers learned to use new tools and picked up some new skills!
After working so excitedly some well deserved breaks were in order:
The Laser Maze team took a break from work to clean up their area to prep for their next stage of building: Laser Installation. Thanks for being so thoughtful!
At closing circle where we share stories of Kids being awesome to Kids we heard so many reports of amazing teamwork. The evidence is all around us: three projects are almost done by the end of Day 2! What else will we create this week!?
Summer has been going smoothly--too smoothly. This week, we're gonna create some obstacles to overcome, literally.
Our big picture goal is to create a massive obstacle course. Of course, the path to big things begins with modest steps.
We learned to use the chopsaw, the drills, the clamps and mix paint.
With a shared understanding of our tools and materials, we begin designing our projects.
We'll start with a tunnel, a laser maze (think "Entrapment" or "Ocean's 12") and a balloon pit.
Stay tuned here and our flickr to follow our progress through the week!