Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fun with liquid nitrogen

Making ice cream (which is science, not magic, by the way....). And fun with balloons.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Camp, camp, and more camp

Soooo.... we also made s'mores grills ('cause who doesn't like to huddle 'round a cozy little fire on a 100 degrees August morning in Texas?), gliders, and a neat rope ladder using the ever-handy butterfly knot. And oh yes, Zazie made a drawbot, and it was quite a cute scene how everyone cheered her on with the most genuine enthusiasm you could imagine. What a great group of kids these kids were, I couldn't ask for better.

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.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rube Goldberg machines

Oh, what's that you say? You've never heard of this guy Rube? Well you can check out this or this (or, of course, this) to get the scoop on the fella. What a lot of fun. I was a little worried that this project wouldn't really take off, that maybe the kids wouldn't quite get it. They dove right in with synapses blazing! Idea! Boom. Idea! Blang. Idea! Kapow. It was a beautiful thing to see. As usual I didn't do a very good job at capturing the magic... there were a few other little teams of kids working that I didn't even get a shot of, including some kids up in the fort who were working on a pulley system to get a chair up there, which I thought was pretty cool. Educational even!

Monday, August 9, 2010

And the Living is Easy....

Haven't been much in the mood to post lately... just been trying to get my summer on as the season wanes (and yes that is a big laugh my Texas friends... I know good and well it's a good three months before we have the faintest hint of fall). I'm truly a little heart sick because my son Jack started school on WEDNESDAY, which is just. not. right. I absolutely hate it, we're just all in the summer groove and this just seems too early by far. I'm really digging having him around. It gives me that yen to homeschool which I do indeed hope to do someday but the guy is dead set on the glories of second grade.... he's actually quite excited about going back. I know I'll get used to it, but sigh. Sigh.

Anyway, we've been trying to cram in all the excursions and summer funtimes that we can. Blue Hole, Jacob's Well, our really super special secret spot on the Colorado River. Peter Pan Mini Golf (the mini golf that time forgot... just the way I like it), Pedernales Falls and peach picking with my brother Coop... so much fun stuff. What lucky summer dogs are we.

I've been doing lots of fun classes, and am just about to plunge into a whole 'nother week of tinkering camp.... quelle excitement! I hope the fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high for all y'all out there...