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

Category / 2014 Session B – Seniors

Session B : Post Script

Check out this awesome map Daniel Bigler, a collaborator, made last week. The data comes from a camper’s cell phone¬†running a tracking app¬†during one of the initial runs.

Session B : Seniors – Epilog

Unsure how to even describe the problem (An Australian cattle car? a downhill trackless train?) we dove right into one of the most complicated and finicky projects we have ever worked on. This week saw Tinkering School’s first simulation of rack and pinion steering. We also invented a lever based form of steering we don’t […]

Day 6 & 7 – Improvements, Hubris, Destruction and Deconstruction

The day starts sluggishly. With two great successful runs behind us, today is a day of improvements, decorations and maybe even a Collaborator run. Most of the kids have a feeling of accomplishment and many can’t wait to ride their cars again. Some repairs and tweaking is in order. It’s worth taking a moment to […]

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