Today a group of cub scouts from Oak Grove, Pack 577, visited to work on building Pinewood Derby cars. Talk about validating our family friendly position. Nearly 100 people came through our doors today, including 60 kids.
Everyone experienced making today. Not only did all the kids get to learn about and use new tools, they learned to work together, and to learn from one another. I eavesdropped one kid explaining aerodynamics to a group of his peers and relating the weight distribution of their cars to a loaded passenger jet. In a separate conversation several kids had engaged in a lively discussion about attaching jet engines to their cars, including intricate trigger designs, trajectory predictions and stabilization systems. Today I saw do more than build their cars; they shared their imaginations and explored the possibilities of what could be.
Even the parents learned a lot. One of our more seasoned dads who has helped with the derby car workshop for several years said that he had a chance to learn a tool that he had never used. One dad was impressed with how much the kids knew and were willing to teach him.
The pack will return tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, 1/11) for the final day of building. If you want to drop in and experience it yourself, I’d highly encourage it. You never know, you might just learn something too!
Decatur Makers will also host Pack 17’s workshop in late January. Stay tuned for an update on that event too!