On 24-25 November 2018, High Achievers had the honour of conducting Design Thinking via Archery with a youth group. This 2-day weekend programme aims to stimulate the kids' creativity by allowing them to explore the art of bow making using recyclable materials.
We started off the day by giving an introduction to the history of bow making and the common types of bow and their structures. The children then had the option to customise their bow type: longbow; recurve; compound.
Before they can demonstrate their adept craftsmanship, the children were brief on safety procedure on handling bow moulding and they were given safety gloves to protect their hands from the heat.
In order to mould the PVC pipes into their desirable shapes, the pipes are heated to their heat distortion temperature. Handling of the heat gun was done only by our instructors. Moulding of the pipes by the children was done under the close supervision of our instructors to further enhance safety.
String and arrow shelf was finally added to complete the bow.
These lightweight 297 mm arrows are made out of recyclable A4 papers. It is easy to make, low cost, environmentally friendly and easily disposable. Most importantly they are safe for kids.
Our kids prepared hundreds of these! They wouldn't want to run out of ammunitions mid-fights would they?
Our young hunters are ready to take on the world! But they are still wet behind their ears so our instructors had to give them a crash course on archery skills. This included aiming, posture, distance judging, coordination and (wait for it) arrowdynamics (pun intended).
Even our targets are DIY out of recyclable old newspaper and reusable broomsticks and hula-hoops. In High Achievers we believe in giving waste materials a second life.
Personalise your bow
While one group is busy honing their marksmanship, another group was busy spray painting and customising their bow's appearance to make it their very own. Face masks were issued to prevent choking on the odour of the spray paint.
Captain On the Deck! While waiting for the spray paints to dry our instructors conducted a mini energiser to kill time.
Oh no! Some of them realise their bows are not up to par with their peers. It was delighted to see them testing their bows and troubleshooting with our instructors. We were more than happy to help them perform upgrades and level up their bows.
All good things must come to an end as we came to an emotional parting with our young hunters. They will always be in our hearts.
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