planning kid city

With a day of tool use under their belts, the Brightworks kids started getting to work learning more about the materials and sizing requirements they need to build Kid City, as well as their individual projects.

This morning, we talked as a group about the dimensions of the two-story Kid City, with big rooms on the first floor and smaller rooms on the second.

planning kid city

Then they headed over to the foundation and measured out their spaces on the floor. The kids’ houses are going to be huge!

planning kid city

Band time.

planning kid city

planning kid city

planning kid city

The kids worked on their declarations and made sure they got Gever’s OK stamp so they could move forward with their projects.

planning kid city

After snack it was time to lay down the outlines for Kid City structures.

planning kid city

Some worked on getting certified to use the tools. Audrey explained drilling holes to Chane: “If you slow down the drill at the end, you can get through the hard parts.”

planning kid city

planning kid city

The collaborators presented the kids with a building challenge: construct the tallest free-standing structure possible. The tall structures taught them about making good joints when they build.

planning kid city

planning kid city

Elizabeth did an incredible job teaching the kids to use one-point perspective in drawing. Some used two or even three-point perspective!

planning kid city

planning kid city

Planning.

planning kid city

planning kid city

planning kid city

Tall structures must have strong joints – or they fall!

planning kid city

At the end of the day, Gever did a quick demonstration of load-bearing physics.

planning kid city

The kids were shocked when the wood broke under stress, but even more impressed when it held!

planning kid city

The beginnings of something amazing.

planning kid city