During the Martin Luther King Day project, I had the opportunity to work with a great team of both LDP members and another student to build a display, known as the Rokenbok case. This project used a series of interlocking cubes, Rokenbok, to construct a display for children visiting the Science Center to enjoy. The materials used were donated to the Science Center by a patron, who had saved them from being thrown out of a larger project that had no use for them anymore. Therefore, we were tasked with taking trash and turning it into treasure. Being new to these toys, I was unsure of how the project would go, but my team ended up having an exhausting, yet rewarding day.
Starting at 6:00 A.M., my team quickly realized our task would be much more difficult than expected; for the case that would hold the display was larger than we had thought and the parts we had were fragile and limited in number.
We learned to be resourceful though and knew that we had to have a great plan if we wanted to utilize all of our parts and space. We designed a scene of construction workers on the job using conveyors and other contraptions to move material in a “Rube-Goldberg”-like way. One of the shining features of the case though, is the remote-controlled dump truck that visitors can use to introduce more material into the system.
Overall, my team and I are extremely satisfied with our accomplishments in this project. I could not have asked to work with a better group of people. Even though the day was hard, I still enjoyed every minute, knowing that there are thousands of children who will get to interact with this display and be inspired to try new things and think creatively.