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Have you checked out the new Rigamajig website? Go check it out: http://rigamajig.com/

So excited to get a phone call this morning that I received another grant to purchase another set of Rigamajigs!

I am so looking forward to June; no, not because it is the beginning of summer, but because I am going to do some really amazing time lapse photography with my kiddos at school. May is dedicated to our cardboard challenge in which the kids are going to make their very own games; but June. June is magic! We are going to have the Kindergarten students make the 'alphabet.' As they do so, I'm going to film them from above with several ceiling mounted cameras. We will put it all together as a way to share what they've learned!

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The Willows School got creative with a Rigamajig lesson to build Rigamajig skeletons!
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Hey Educators! What do you hope to see next with Rigamajig? Comment below!
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How are you guys liking the 'cart' that goes with your Rigamajig? We are finding ours to not work very well for our students. What we end up doing is have the kids 'stack' the pieces and parts by type and then WE (the adults) carefully place them in the cart.

This works okay, but we have decided to change up the cart. We are going to replace the rope with dowels glued into place. We are also going to make 'dividers' for the 'main' section out of 3/4" lumber. Then each 'section' will be created and the kids will be able to slide the pieces into their place.

Just curious as to how you guys are doing this.

Thanks!

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How do you guys 'document' constructions? We are lucky enough to have been able to purchase a second set of Rigamajig. This helps us immensely because it gives kids more pieces to use in construction, but we still typically have the students take the materials apart when they are done. We usually have kids take a photo or a video of their construction and insert that into their digital portfolio (We use SeeSaw.) I've also enjoyed having kids draw a picture and write about what they built. I'm just curious as to how you all document. Thanks in advance!

Here is a video for the 2nd grade entry in the Rigamajig social media contest from earlier this year:

https://goo.gl/photos/oySJvhyV3tMwxoPZ8

Wheels. Is anyone else experiencing the issue that the bolts 'fall off' when the wheels are moved 'backward?' They also 'tighten' when the wheels move forward. Cas suggested that we use two bolts on the wheel to work like a lock washer, but I haven't had success with that. Any thoughts? I know the plan is to have some sort of 'axel' in the future. I have been working to design a bolt that has an 'unthreaded' section that would allow the wheel to 'spin' without the bolt coming off. Designing bolts is a lot harder than I thought it would be. We've been printing our prototypes on our 3D Printer. I'll let you know if we are successful.
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