I got to do a little sightseeing with the help of someone from Juneau involved in its early childhood organization (AEYC SE Alaska). The highlight was walking two miles out to a glacier on a frozen lake and walking into a glacial ice cave. I never knew glaciers were blue.
I was asked to do a building workshop and a couple of shorter presentations. For me, the high point was the building workshop. After I presented the participants with a generative framework for building, they could hardly wait to get started.
Inevitably, the participants create something unique and novel. I think that is a function of the materials that are available and the unfolding of the social process of building. Here are a just a couple of the novel things the participants built.
One group created a sand wheel from sturdy cardboard triangle pieces that were originally packing corners. Besides the wheel, they had to come up with the axle.
Another group came up with a sliding incline. They taped a inclined chute to a cardboard bracket they manufactured that slid up and down a sturdy cardboard tube.