Our first senior session of YMakers was a smash. A Daly City assisted living center invited us in to lead a workshop, and their hard-working community of mature makers added MORE airplanes to our Make-A-Wish Charity Fleet! After using an electric drill to bore a hole in her propeller, one Maker said “That is the first time I’ve ever done that.” A proud day!
Our third Friday Makeshop was packed to the gills with creativity, teamwork,and FUN! Students took their turns on the drill press and band saw, they built a bridge to get across “the river”, they launched a water rocket into the sky, they hypnotized each other, and more!
Sutro After School welcomed me back for a special project: STOMP BOARDS! Sutro’s wonderful PE teacher asked us to build a set of these teetertottering launchers. Students stomp on them to send bean bags high into the sky, then race underneath to grab them as they fall back to earth. Besides the benefits of practicing muscle coordination and teamwork, they’re just plain fun! Check back soon to see the new student-built stompers in action…
When a plank on the bleachers slipped out of place, who did the Y Staff call for help? The YMakers! The team grabbed their gear and set to work, drilling holes and driving screws until the plank was attached for good. Our apprentices Daniel and Skylar were on hand to document and lend advice to the next generation of fix-it pros.
At our Marina Middle School Maker space, young makers showed their interest and passion for building and applying their creativity in positive ways. Although most had little experience working with the tools we use, they were eager to learn the proper use and safety, as well as share what they learned with their peers. A unique quality that our Marina Makers have, is that they are focused when they need to be, but bring a great energy and willingness to ask questions.
Yesterday (July 6th), here at YMakers we succeeded at the first building steps of our boat. We learned that despite what people say, being a maker enables one to create anything that they set their mind to, no matter how odd or difficult. We plan to find a place to float our vessel and allow the makers to experience their own creation on water.