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Brilliant bagatelles

Well what would you do with a sheet of plywood and some dowel? (and an amazing D&T teacher, a brilliant RCA student and 17 children?) We were lucky enough to be back at one of our favourite places last week – the spacious and well equipped DT block at Phoenix High School.

At the end of the February camp one of regular students, Beau, asked if we could make pinball machines. Well, we didn’t really have the time to create and arcade in 3 days but David Baker came up with a plan to make the next best thing.

All 17 children were given some wood, glue and nails and a worksheet. They discussed the challenges of making their own game, planned how and where they would put their traps and came up with a theme. They measured, sawed, glued and nailed accurately and creatively to create their very own version of the traditional wooden desktop game.

Led by Adam Findlay (ex-cabinet maker and now DT teacher) and ably assisted by Monika Muller (RCA) they worked really hard both in groups and alone to solve problems and find solutions.

It was wonderful to see their ideas taking shape and by Thursday afternoon we had 17 very different bagatelles! Ranging from Batman, through PacMan, and including Night Sky and beautifully sanded and varnished wood we almost did have our own arcade!