Session 2: Driftwood Forts and Sand Castles
From Basic Structures to Technological Marvels (June 24-28) Building driftwood forts on the beach requires a basic understanding of both materials and basic physics. Engineers must understand ideas of elastic and plastic to create structures able to withstand seismic events. We will venture to different areas of interest around the Bay Area be they cantilever and suspension bridges, or to the beach to work with simple materials to gain visual evidence about what engineers create.
• Monday--Bean Hollow
• Tuesday--Pillar Point tide-pools (Half Moon Bay)
• Wednesday--Pescadero Marsh
• Thursday--Fitzgerald Marine Reserves
• Friday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
•Monday--Bean Hollow's smooth and colorful wave tumbled rocks. After a beautiful drive along the San Mateo coastline, we arrive at Bean Hollow. We relax on the beach, build models of villages out of stone, and explore the tide-pools.
• Tuesday--Pillar Point Tide-pools. Exploring the harbor, its piers and sea walls gives our explorers an understanding of how architecture creates place. As we begin our exploration, we build a Native American village out of sand, rocks, available seaweed, and ice-plant. Later, we explore a wide beach, the tide pools, and places where crabs hide and live.
• Wednesday--Pescadero Marsh--Blissful beaches are places of beauty and creativity. Children will have time to look for shells, make forts complete with motes next to the stream flowing through the beach, and create intricate Goldworthy inspired art. After building driftwood forts, and decorating them, children will eat lunch. Children are allowed to bring Frisbees and kites.
• Thursday--(Fitzgerald Marine Reserves)--Tide-pooling and building sand castles. A place where you can run along wide beaches, Fitzgerald Marine Reserves is the perfect place to build sand castles, race your friends, and gaze at giant green sea anemone.
• Friday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse--110 feet tall, with more than a million bricks Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse is an amazing architectural structure to gaze at. We spend our last day of camp exploring these wonderful beaches, learning about the function of the lighthouse, and doing designing future structures.