The last 2 months or so have become much more intense as we focused on the March 4th deadline. Their "problem" to solve was to build a structure out of balsa wood that held as much weight as possible, while being within height and weight constraints, and also not weighing more than 15 grams (which, it turns out, is VERY light). In addition, they had to come up with an 8-minute performance that focused on the theme of "precision," and included making an additional structure out of recycled materials that was an enlarged representation of their balsa wood structure. AND, they also had to make a third object out of whatever they wanted, all of which tied into the same story. It was a little complicated to say the least!
And, they did it! We had several weekend practices and our garage, and several rooms in the house, were littered with pieces of balsa wood for weeks and in the end they pulled it off.
|This is what the floor of the boys' bedroom has |
looked like for longer than I care to remember
And after the scores were totaled at the end of the day, including the additional "Spontaneous problem" component, it turned out the team WON!! It felt like quite the underdog story, since our team was very young compared to others, and completely inexperienced.
So now they head to the State competition! Back to the balsa wood constructing for a few more weeks...