We started out discussing concepts, and eventually we used the students to make human statues of some of the concepts. At first they couldn’t understand what I wanted them to do, so I had to help them loosen up a little.
These men are U-blocks used over a window or door. When I asked them what we put across the U-blocks to tie them together... Their instructor, Ed, came running over and dove across them, and they all hollared "rebar"!
These students are a stack of hollow blocks, (regular blocks with holes open on both ends) that need to have some of the columns of holes filled for “column reinforcement”.
These are the students filling the block hollow cells with concrete (they used all their books and papers, etc.)
As you can see, they definitely had a great time.
If they got 2 cupcakes, they thought they had died on gone to heaven! We had one amazing man, Bishop Julien, who gets up at 4:30 and leaves home at 5:30 every morning to ride public transport into town for an 8:00 class. He had 100% attendance and got a small loaf size lemon cake with frosting. He said he wanted to take it home to share with his family. It was all I could do to keep from crying!
Everyone got chocolate chip cookies (using some of our precious chocolate chips from home) and enjoyed them! We then went back to work and they completed a 3 page worksheet. They each corrected their own so they could see which concepts they still needed to study. All in all, it was a great morning in Kinshasa!