Beam Camp 2021

A Universe

This is our Beam Camp Project Development Process!  It contains the Sketching of our Ideas, Prototyping of Materials and Research of Techniques.  It also contains Activities for you to do at home prior to Camp!

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Research / Prototyping

Gourd Symbolism
Wattle and Daub
Other Building Techniques
Window Instruments
Casting Instrument Parts

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Soil Shake Test
Relief / Prompt!

Update - Due to COVID-19, A Universe was rescheduled for Summer 2021.  For Covid-related cautionary information pertaining to Beam Camp, please see the Beam Center site for updates on Guidelines for Camps provided by the American Camp Association and the CDC.

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Info on the Designer -
Ye Qin Zhu


Soil Shake Test

We will be digging up soil to use in the Cob mixture from around Camp!  This is great because the material is on hand and doesn’t come from a factory that burns a LOT of energy and natural resources to produce it. 

What is soil? 

From the National Geographic Website:

Soil is composed of both biotic—living and once-living things, like plants and insects—and abiotic materials—nonliving factors, like minerals, water, and air.


But what is our Camp soil made of?

Morgan is currently researching how to assess what our Camp soil is composed of.  This is done by doing a Soil Shake Test.  

The results:

To find the ratio of my sample I measure the total height of the layers, plus the height of each individual layer.  

Divide each layer height by the total height and multiply by 100 to get your percentages:

Total Height: 1 1/4”
Clay: 1/4” = 20%
Silt: 3/8” = 30%
Sand: 5/8” = 50%

This sample looks very promising!  
We will be using it to make some Cob and test its strength.  If the soil at Camp has a lack of sand or clay, we can always add some to get the right ratio, but a Shake Test will let us know what we are working with.

If you have access to soil at home, do a Shake Test of your own and send us your results!  Be sure to include your location so we can map our soil tests on this page.

We made some test Cob bricks using this soil, see the Cob Page for details.