Thursday's Second Try

On our third Thursday at after school we began by marking the dimensions and setting out our constructed frames for our submarine. After the group saw the chosen scale upright they unanimously decided it was too tall. So we took them all apart, cut them down and reattached them. The redesign had us redoing last sessions work but it was best we caught the design flaw sooner as opposed to latter.  

 

I came across the below stream of clips when uploading photos from the day. I can't help but share how the shop looks and sounds in real time (even if the video does make me feel a little dizzy).  For a more stable experience of our day check out our Flickr


Wednesday's Marks and Cuts

Things are moving right along in Wednesday open shop. After a week away from the space we are all thankful for the meaningful time dedicated to our designing phase. The individual drawings help remind us of where we left off as well as conceptualize what is the next necessary step in our building process. This allowed the majority of this group to jump right back into working where they left off last week. As these young builders become more comfortable with the tools' capabilities- their imaginations and desired outcomes really take off!

Brandin drills holes for a compass he's constructing from a scrap piece of wood that will help him draw out the "ribs" for his model dog. 

Brandin drills holes for a compass he's constructing from a scrap piece of wood that will help him draw out the "ribs" for his model dog. 

The boys take a break form cutting circles on the bandsaw to take in a lesson from Josh on how this tool received it's name and what's going inside the machine that really makes it work.

The boys take a break form cutting circles on the bandsaw to take in a lesson from Josh on how this tool received it's name and what's going inside the machine that really makes it work.

Interested in the saw's history and operation, Giovanni, Mason and Gabriel gather around. 

Interested in the saw's history and operation, Giovanni, Mason and Gabriel gather around. 

The shop's easy to follow form caters to these young independent builders and helps keep the session flowing right along.

The shop's easy to follow form caters to these young independent builders and helps keep the session flowing right along.

This session was full of lots of marking and cutting as we prepared for the next stages of assembly. 

Brandin marks out quadrants where he'll thread body contours on the ribs for his dog

Brandin marks out quadrants where he'll thread body contours on the ribs for his dog

Mason "Master Measurer" shows incredible laser focus and precision when it comes to making marks! "Measure twice, mark once", what a motto!

Mason "Master Measurer" shows incredible laser focus and precision when it comes to making marks! "Measure twice, mark once", what a motto!

This week we welcome, Ruari! Who comes ready with a design for a Halloween sign. A perfect project to receive basic tool training with the guidance of an experienced collaborator.

This week we welcome, Ruari! Who comes ready with a design for a Halloween sign. A perfect project to receive basic tool training with the guidance of an experienced collaborator.

Tuesday's Helping Hands

On the third working session for our floating room there was some talk and excitement surrounding the idea of building a webbed wall but after a quick circle up we agreed that before we could begin building walls we needed a sturdy floor to stand them on. With all hands on board we continued to work on the framing and support for the floor.  

Ida and Lincoln help set the supports in place for the floating room floor. 

Ida and Lincoln help set the supports in place for the floating room floor. 

We decide to maintain the kids momentum and excitement by splitting into two groups and beginning the frame for a roof.

We decide to maintain the kids momentum and excitement by splitting into two groups and beginning the frame for a roof.

Sophie and Aanya set up some clamps for the roof's frame.

Sophie and Aanya set up some clamps for the roof's frame.

More supports mean a more sturdy floor. The team works hard on drilling in cross beams for the floor

More supports mean a more sturdy floor. The team works hard on drilling in cross beams for the floor

Lincoln and Ida diligently measure and mark more cross supports for the floor team to attach.

Lincoln and Ida diligently measure and mark more cross supports for the floor team to attach.

Lincoln learns how the chop-saw stop allows you to make multiple cuts of the same length without needing marking every piece of wood. This really helps in moving things along.

Lincoln learns how the chop-saw stop allows you to make multiple cuts of the same length without needing marking every piece of wood. This really helps in moving things along.

Construction break! Some of our builders take a time out from power tools to get creative in our art studio. We now have some beautiful drawings to help decorate the inside of our floating room.

Construction break! Some of our builders take a time out from power tools to get creative in our art studio. We now have some beautiful drawings to help decorate the inside of our floating room.

All for One and One Couch For All

For our second All Girl Workshop we decided to make the Biggest Couch in the World! That way we could all relax together after a long day of hardwork!

Team Side-Arm figured out how we were going to get up on the couch and not fall off the ends.

Ana and Penelope turn their frame on its side so they can get some help from gravity.

Ana and Penelope turn their frame on its side so they can get some help from gravity.

One arm goes up!

One arm goes up!

They got really creative and made a climbing wall for one end and a ladder for the other!

The most exciting way to get on a couch yet!

The most exciting way to get on a couch yet!

Team Seat-Butt cranked out sections to sit on.

Stella and Effi square up their frame.

Stella and Effi square up their frame.

Morgan and Peri add supports to connect the back to the front when it is ready.

Morgan and Peri add supports to connect the back to the front when it is ready.

Did we say "sectional"? This couch is gonna be "sectionFULL"!!

Did we say "sectional"? This couch is gonna be "sectionFULL"!!

Once we figured out how to make one section the tinkerers could split into teams and have several sections in progress at once.


After we framed the couch it was time to make seats!

Effi uses the bandsaw to trim some plywood.

Effi uses the bandsaw to trim some plywood.

Emmy used the skillsaw to cut pieces that were too large to fit on the bandsaw.

Emmy used the skillsaw to cut pieces that were too large to fit on the bandsaw.

Let's get vertical! Ver-ti-cal !

Let's get vertical! Ver-ti-cal !

At the end of the day the two teams attached their sections to make The Biggest Couch In The World! It was interesting to see how the two teams working from the same measurements, made different design choices and turned out ever so slightly different sections.

After a safety test everyone climbed up and enjoyed a well deserved lounge on our custom couch!

Aaaahhhhh....

Aaaahhhhh....


A Friday Filled With Design

Our second Friday open shop was an intense session full of functional problem solving. This group of kids did their homework and came came prepared with ideas, dimensions and scope for their work while in the shop. 

Here are some highlights 

Henry came in with dimensions and material information that allowed him to get straight to designing the extension to an existing fort in his backyard. He's going to construct his walls in a modular fashion for easy transport and assembly at home. 

 

Determining the parameters for a personal sized boat, proved to be the greatest challenge of the day but Justin focused on his design for nearly the entire period. Appealing to many measuring devices available he contemplated size, dimensions and even a bit of trigonometry while remaining aware of constraints like buoyancy and how to seal his project so it won't sink.

 

Faced with a space and storage constraint that had one builder reconsider taking on the project of constructing a skateboard half pipe. Lee went back to the drawing board determined to choose a idea that resonated with something important to him. 

 

Nico arrived with a great working design complete with measurements and material suggestions for his personal two-tier push cart. This allowed him to immediately begin working on his frame. Unfortunately, the cart's length was the single undetermined variable. Sometimes we get so excited about scale that it takes a parent's reminder how a six foot cart may not have space or function in the family's shed. So collectively we decided to shorten it next session. 

Thursday Time to Tinker

At Tinkering School we keep the kids in suspense of what we are going to build at after school until it's time to actually design. This approach allows us to capture the kids initial response and creativity that surfaces when prepared with pencils and a piece of paper and a big an idea. It also helps us collaborators managed expectations and constraints in real time. With that said, "we're going to build.. a YELLOW SUBMARINE!"

Portia puts some "personal" touches on her submarine design. Namely, her name. 

Portia puts some "personal" touches on her submarine design. Namely, her name. 

Joined by junior-collaborators Emilia, Zach and Liam get serious with some really practical design solutions including: how big our submarine needs to be to fit everyone and attaching wheels for movement.

Joined by junior-collaborators Emilia, Zach and Liam get serious with some really practical design solutions including: how big our submarine needs to be to fit everyone and attaching wheels for movement.

After sharing our designs and determining a master plan we can all agree on, it's time to build! 

Liam gets precise with measuring wood for the chop saw team.

Liam gets precise with measuring wood for the chop saw team.

Portia and Cecile choose to grab drills and pair up. 

Portia and Cecile choose to grab drills and pair up. 

Nick looks on while Max drives a screw into the pilot holes he just made in a piece of the suberime's frame

Nick looks on while Max drives a screw into the pilot holes he just made in a piece of the suberime's frame

Nic offers Liam a lesson in safety by reversing a clamp and pointing its tail away from the area they are working on. 

Nic offers Liam a lesson in safety by reversing a clamp and pointing its tail away from the area they are working on. 

Nathan reviews how to use reverse on the drill with Owen who is working on a section of framing for the sub. 

Nathan reviews how to use reverse on the drill with Owen who is working on a section of framing for the sub. 

Thought's on Tuesday

Our second tuesday after school session, picked right up where we left off with completing tool training. Drills are fairly complex tools so we took our time reviewing their various "bits" before we practiced drilling holes and driving screws. 

Cami alingns her drill, preparing to drive a piliot hole

Cami alingns her drill, preparing to drive a piliot hole

driving a 2" drill bit through 3 inches of wood can be challenging to a 5 year old. Anaya tries to leverage her body weight to push her drill into the wood

driving a 2" drill bit through 3 inches of wood can be challenging to a 5 year old. Anaya tries to leverage her body weight to push her drill into the wood

Prepared with the knowledge of how to use the basic tools in our shop, the kids are egger to begin building. But what?!? We circle up in the art studio to reveal our sessions project.. A FLOATING ROOM! 

Each prepared with blank paper and pencils to capture our ideas we begin to draw and design. How big is it? What is made of? How will it float? What does the room look like?

Sometimes it helps to talk out your thoughts. Lukas has so many ideas at once that he decides to share them aloud to Lindsay, while she captures them on paper for him. 

Sometimes it helps to talk out your thoughts. Lukas has so many ideas at once that he decides to share them aloud to Lindsay, while she captures them on paper for him. 

After we drain our brains we take the time to share our thoughts and create a master plan that brings our ideas together.   

Lincoln has the idea that we raise the room on pulleys attached to the rafters of the shop space.

Lincoln has the idea that we raise the room on pulleys attached to the rafters of the shop space.

We agree that suspending the room by a pulley system is best, so faced with new constraints of where the floating room will hang we take some time inspect the shop space, considering it's space and size. We learn that not all rafters are load bearing and so choosing the right location proves to be a really important first step. Once we have selected a space it's time to determine size. 

The groups check out the shop space's structural support. 

The groups check out the shop space's structural support. 

Siblings Ida and Lincoln work together taking measurements to determine the size of the room

Siblings Ida and Lincoln work together taking measurements to determine the size of the room

Lindsay compilies the groups ideas and measurments together and puts them on our masterplan

Lindsay compilies the groups ideas and measurments together and puts them on our masterplan

We finish the day with the beginnings of frame for of the floor for our floating room. What a wonderful working session

Cami and Lukas pair up to attach parts of the floor frame. Having one person drill and one drive screws proves to be much more efficient then working alone and switching out drill bits.   

Cami and Lukas pair up to attach parts of the floor frame. Having one person drill and one drive screws proves to be much more efficient then working alone and switching out drill bits.