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Friday, 6 July 2012

Maker School: Tuesdays - week 13

Progress was a little slow this week.  Maybe it's the weather!?

We finished cutting our 'stripboard' circuit boards and we sanded down any sharp edges.  A couple of our chip sockets got soldered in place but the others are on standby for next week.

A visit from Press photographer Adrian was a surprise.  He brought GP Ted with him who helped us kick off some soldering.

We often run into high levels of competitiveness when it comes to doing a new task — "Can I saw first?"  "Can I solder first", so this week I told them the story of someone visiting a South American tribe and teaching them to play croquet.  The winner is the first person to knock their ball through all the hoops but when the first tribes-person finished there was no celebration.  It wasn't until the last player completed the course that they ALL erupted in jubilation shouting "WE won!  WE won!"

So many areas of our lives our competitive such that we get conditioned into thinking "Me. Me. Me."  Of course competition is good but it is often at the expense of collective accomplishment.  As I've said before to the boys, if only one person finishes their project that's not a success.  They all seemed to appreciate the story and shifted their thinking a little more towards supporting each other.

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