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Tinkering School

The Blog of the Sleep-Away Program at Elkus Ranch – Updated every night during camp

Month / July 2012

Day Two – Workin’ on a Train Gang

We managed to make it through breakfast and up to the barn before the kids convinced Gever to tell them what the big project is this week. Inspired by the team railboats from Session 2, Gever challenges the Session 3 tinkerers to build an actual train, with three cars and an engine. Two of the collaborators take on the engine car and that leaves the teams to create individual cars that will link together to form a train.
“An actual, real train?” asks one of the tinkerers.
“Yes,” says Gever, “an actual train, powered by sail, on train tracks. A Sailtrain.”
“Oh!”

But first, Saya has to check in with the goats.
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Day One – A New Beginning

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, which means that boredom is the aunt of creativity. Given a pause of indeterminate length, any two tinkerers will inevitably invent something to do to pass the time. Apropos of this, we present the inaugural game of “catch sock wad in helmet.”

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Session 2 – Railboats

What would have happened if the industrial revolution had suddenly run out of coal? Would those vast networks of railroad gone unused and rusted away to nothing? We think not. Picture yourself, riding on the open deck of a new-fangled railboat – a vehicle simultaneously ridiculous and graceful, whisper-quiet and rolling so smooth it almost […]

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