Car Stuff

Delta raced her little car today — it went straight up the ramp, not touching either side, and made it all the way to the top.  That alone puts her in an elite class of racers today.

I don’t know whether she’ll place, but this IS nationals, and it’s her first year in TSA at all.  That  she completed four events is an accomplishment by itself.  I hope that her enthusiasm is not diminished if she goes home without a trophy (which will likely be the case); I hope that I can convey the purpose of this event, which is experimentation and learning.

However, the fact that she received several compliments from the judges lifted her spirits quite a bit.  We learned this morning that they didn’t finalize in Cyberspace… and don’t know why.  That’s one of the things this organization could do better — to provide some sort of feedback to the kids so they know what someone else did better, so they understand what to improve next time.

Even the Transportation event (the little car pictured) isn’t judged on time trials alone; there’s also a notebook which constitutes 60% of the point value. 

In any case, it’s been both fun and educational.  And, since this morning’s BEP Review Committee meeting was canceled (with no notice to us), at least I got to be here to watch the races.

9 Responses to “Car Stuff”

  1. on 27 Jun 2007 at 6:04 pm Jacket

    And yes MC you clod, she was driving with adult supervision. Good job Gal.

  2. on 27 Jun 2007 at 6:40 pm Netmom

    Actually, Delta was driving this one alone — albeit on a closed course, in a vehicle she built herself (very dainty soldering on those wires, mind you), in a venue designed for students under 15.

  3. on 27 Jun 2007 at 7:06 pm girlfriend

    Great job Delta, we are proud of you. Good luck.

  4. on 27 Jun 2007 at 7:20 pm Jacket

    Ah, but there was adults around.

  5. on 27 Jun 2007 at 7:45 pm Jacket

    well, it should have been “were”.

  6. on 27 Jun 2007 at 8:16 pm daco

    Way to go Delta! We are all proud of you back at home.
    Sounds as if your Mom’s just a bit proud of you too.

  7. on 27 Jun 2007 at 9:54 pm Joel

    You go, girl!

    ” . . . provide some sort of feedback to the kids so they know what someone else did better, so they understand what to improve next time.”

    Uh, yeah. This is something I found very troubling about being asked to judge science fair. I never felt the level of feedback we were allowed to provide was comensurate with the effort the kids put into their project.

  8. on 28 Jun 2007 at 3:56 pm girlfriend

    Need an update. What is going on with Delta and her competition? We are anxiously awaiting.

  9. on 29 Jun 2007 at 9:30 am The Chief

    With this skill, talent, and, of course, good heritage, maybe she should consider a career in public service–ORFD.

    Congrats on a good effort.

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