There’s something pretty amazing about working with so many brilliant young ladies at Ann Richards School! We started the week a little nervous. We were to have more girls this week and many of them were incoming 6th graders. How silly of us to be nervous! These ladies kick butt. This week we focused on a Flugtag again and are giving our high school collaborators more control over the class.
Avery and Aleeya absorb some info about how paper’s grain affects its strength.
Trisha and Samantha begin work on their Big Mouth Tumblewing Gliders. It was great to revisit this project and see the collaborators have more success and be able to share more knowledge with this group of Tinkerers.
Emma gets a heavier glider going.
And sliding compound miter saw practice begins. Here are Arden (above) and Janea (below) in action.
But don’t forget about the handsaws. Our safety rules don’t let Tinkerers cut shorter pieces on the chop saw so a little physical labor is required and Julliana doesn’t shy away from it!
Lucero gets some practice with the drills.
Francesca shares some glider ideas with Lucero and Janea.
First casualty of the week.
Taping foam together to make wing ribs has been a popular technique for achieving uniform wing shapes. Here Alysha cuts her team’s wing ribs on the bandsaw.
And Erin’s donation of fabric has been a popular choice for wing skins.
Egg protection container.
It’s a bi-plane! The only person more excited is the guy taking the picture!
Alexandra gives their slingshot a test run. They were able to launch an eraser about 50 feet! We’ll see how far it launches a flying machine!
Stephanie and Maya test aluminum foil as a wing skin.
Samantha found that a small strip of foam provided enough support to stabilize the Nooi’s wing.
And team Kablooi perform a stressful, but successful test run!
Today we work on the structure a bit and refine airplane designs! Check back soon!