Our animal collection keeps growing! Today we acquired some baby button quail that aren’t even as big as the chick was when it hatched.
The Flying Fish added new responsibilities and new possibilities to their arc!
Nate came in to introduce welding to the Undead Goats in preparation for their rickshaw building project.
After he demonstrated some welding…
… the Goats got to try it out themselves.
The Ninja Cats continued to build the stage…
… and develop their plot.
The Fish are practicing story boarding to come up with an idea for their nesting performance. They also went to the park to act as birds and again try out ideas for their story.
Everyone went adventuring today!
To the cork floor: the Ninja Cats pursued stage building…
…and prop- and costume-making
To Glen Canyon:
…where the Fish became nesting birds and cracked out of their shells. They played out the courting rituals of the birds they’ve been learning about and tried out ideas for their nesting performance coming at the end of the arc. The extent of their knowledge about birds and their habits is really astounding!
To Atlas Cafe:
Rocket Dog Rescue, a non-profit that helps dogs from overcrowded shelters find foster or permanent homes, held an adoption event a few blocks from the school, so the Ninja Cats took a bike ride over to help out the volunteers by hanging out with puppies and get a little furry love.
Then they rode back to school for a little Wee Free Men and the end of the day.
To the east of San Francisco:
The Undead Goats set off early in the morning and headed east on their bikes instead of west. They rode along the bay side of San Francisco and explored the remains of the industrial part of town.
The Flying Fish played with the parachute during community meeting and decided to make it their writing lab for writers workshop this morning.
The Undead Goats continued work on their space and went for a bike ride to continue training their biking muscles.
The Ninja Cats’ builders began construction on the cardboard walls of the theater.
They have enlisted Henry to write the script for the play, with all plot points and characters developed by the Cats, and are making sure he’s staying true to the Cats’ desires for story while allowing them to not be bogged down in the dialogue.
The Flying Fish continued their research for Cornell’s Pigeon Watch by watching the birds’ courting rituals at the park.
With Debbie’s amazing hot lunch in our bellies, Brightworks completed another day!
Today the Flying Fish started Pigeon Watch, a citizen science project through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which has recruited people around the country to help collect data in response to the question: How does coloration affect pigeons’ choice of mates? After a short conversation about the importance of a good research question and how good questions come from observation, the Fish set out with clipboards to draw and identify different color morphs. They fed the pigeons corn tortillas and collected data for most of the morning.
The Ninja Cats continued to work on their spy performance piece and have been developing the storyline, the characters, and the physical set and theater.
The Undead Goats have spent the last week resetting their space, all with the thought of turning tree-rigging and space-resetting for a bike organization system and a way to clear room for new projects. They’re turning their Farm into the Forest.
All tied up.
The building cohort of the Ninja Cats’ performance group headed out to Half Moon Bay to find eucalyptus supports for the theater that they’re building.
Eucalyptus grows like weeds in California, so it was no sweat to find a small grove to chop down some lumber.
Then they loaded up Gever’s truck and headed back to Brightworks.
Everyone helped unload!
Bike repairs and rides for the Goats.
The Flying Fish went to Glen Park Canyon (unfortunately with their camera sitting on the kitchen counter) to check in on the owl babies that they went to find a few weeks ago. Before they’d gone even a quarter mile into the park, they found hummingbird nests, a robin’s egg, dragonfly wings, a gopher skull, and nesting house sparrows with their nut hatches. They lay on the ground for ten minutes watching the sparrows fly in and out of a dead tree where they were nesting – a restful moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Mackenzie reported that they found the owl’s nest, but it was empty. The Fish decided to head up the creek and were thrilled when they came across a group of birders in the process of releasing one of the owl chicks that had been injured in its first attempt to fly. Moss, an avid bird nerd and photographer (his site is here: urbanowls.net), explained how he had come across the runt of the nest in the creek with broken tail feathers. He and his fellow birders took the chick up to Wild Care in Marin where they ran some blood work and mended the feathers. They had just released the chick back into the wild as the Fish came upon them, and they peered through the tree branches to see the check balancing precariously on a branch. The kids could hear the owl parents calling to its baby, and finally the chick flapped awkwardly down to the creek to follow the calls. They were able to see the owl chick up close. Moss shared owl stories and was impressed by the Fish’s enthusiasm for birds.
We had a small group today – about half the kids went up to Point Reyes with their families for a Brightworks camping trip, and the rest of us did fun stuff at school! Henry and his dad made lunch, the Goats went on a bike ride with Josh, the two Flying Fish and a Ninja Cat went to the California Academy of Sciences with Mackenzie and I to learn about the animal skulls they found in yesterday’s owl pellets, and the remaining Ninja Cats worked on their own independent projects: a pioneer wagon and a Maker Bot.
Some photos from the day:
Off to Point Reyes for camping!
The Goats did drawing with Gever.
A new forest grew in the Undead Goat space.
The Ninja Cats brainstormed.
The Flying Fish dissected owl pellets.
They identified and organized the bones they found inside the pellets.