Chanler designed a couple of roller coasters at the Tech Museum, here they are for you to enjoy. Hold on to your lunch!
Chanler decided that he wanted to learn how to solder, so we got him a kit from the Maker Shed to learn on.
I think he did a very good job on the soldering, it looks neat and very well done, especially considering it was his first go at it – not too much solder, not too little.
He seems pretty pleased with the result!
And here it is in action – Chanler’s Ultimate Useless Machine:
(Video to come shortly)
Chanler was taking photos one after another, and I started to wonder if I could channel that somehow, since I find it a little annoying (cause it seems pointless and all – such an adult I am). Since he had seen a stop motion video recently, and seen a movie where they did special effects by clipping out sections of the movie reel, I started talking to him about stop motion movies, and he was pretty interested.
We talked about some things that he would want to make a video of, and after we worked through the problems of the things needing to be able to stay still while you take pictures (i.e. no flying without strings, cannot take pictures of things that happen too quickly), he decided on the below two ideas.
(To be fair, he was inspired by a video that we watched on how to make a Lego man move, but he totally did the execution, all I did was keep the base steady so it did not move (much) as he took the minifig off the base.
When presented with a magic trick by dad.
Chanler: “Daddy, can we listen to the instruments on the radio?”
me: “Sure Chanler, you want to listen to the classical station?”
Chanler: “Yes . . . pause . . . or you can call it KFC.”
When I get big and strong like my Uncle David, I am going to lift up the horse over to where the zebras are so they can visit, because I am going to be bigger and stronger than you Daddy.
The other night while going to bed, Chanler told me a story:
When I grow up, I want to drive a semi truck. I will find the owners of the semi truck, and give them lots of quarters, and they will give me the semi truck. Then I will put furniture in the back and drive it a really long way. But Daddy, I want you to be the passenger so that if I get scared from all the noises coming in the window, you can help me. Then I can take the semi truck back to the owners and they will give me my quarters back. That is my story that I told to you!