We divided up the projects for the year and we are going to spend three sessions on the Design, Construction (Assembly) and Finishing of a Pine car Derby Garage. We have been sitting all the cars out on the floor, with the possible problem ( already realized, unfortunately) that younger children will have the opportunity to stomp the cars.
I am intensely interested in how the Cubbies will respond to the design phase. My only guidance will be in broad terms " The Definition Of The Problem", "The Possible Solutions", "The Best Outcome".
I'll wind up cutting the parts in the shop without help, because I don't really have a kid friendly shop. The kids will then assemble the parts during a meeting.
God knows what will happen during the Finishing Phase - I'll be damned interested to see how it turns out.
I'd like to have any ideas on how to involve the kids in the shop by the time of the Pinewood Derby. My shop seems like a kid deathtrap right now but I would like to make it available at least to the kids who don't have Dads around, so that they have a better shot at the Derby.
Maybe bandsaws and lathes with guards - I don't know - but maybe someone has been there before me.
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