Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tinkering camp extravaganza!


So much great stuff happened last week in tinkering camp... and there's still so much to tell and I'm still just so kind of busy... that I feel abjectly behind in my blog posts, so rather than stretching this out into some nice bite-size chunks I'm just chucking at least half the photos and videos that I have into this one post... I hope you'll excuse the confusion. I guess in a way it is perfect because it mirrors the happy exciting mayhem that is tinkering camp. We worked lots with motors, built some cool boats and drawbots out of electric toothbrushes... made a (soapy, extra-slippery-style) water slide, a rope ladder, and played with helium. Lots of interesting inventing went on on the side as well, of course... this device that you see Julia holding is an electric toothbrush enveloped in soft sponges.... it vibrates, you see, so you can get a nice massage as you wash off in the shower.
Such a lot of fun! And what an amazing group of young tinkerers.













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4 comments:

jenny said...

I love seeing everything that has been going on at Tinkering Camp - I'm inspired!

Kami said...

Thanks Jenny!! I can't wait to hear about your further adventures in tinkering, too!

Teacher Tom said...

You really make me wish I worked with older kids. We can do some of this stuff with 2-5 year olds, but I've had some 6-7 year olds this summer and man are they competent!

Kami said...

I know, Tom! It is so exciting to be working with older kids. I have mainly worked with preschoolers and this year I have finally started working with 5-10 year olds. It is fantastic to just throw out an idea and watch them go to town with total competency... already knowing how to use a drill, a saw, anything. Now I'm itching to try a tinkering class with teens!