I’m going to be a temporary Chambana Mom. The boys and I are heading to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for the State Science Olympiad Competition. The boys have been working and learning about their events since last fall and I’m coaching an event myself (food science, FTW!). Cumulatively, we’ve learned about food molecules, food poisoning, aquifers, CSI-type crime solving, testing for proteins, building small scale vehicles, technical writing and more. Will this weekend be the culmination of our hard work or the gateway to another month of prep for the national event? The competition is stiff and only the top two teams move to the next level.
Unfortunately, with the exception of a handful of events like bottle rockets and the one where they show off their trebuchet skillz, it’s not the most exciting competition to witness. There’s a lot of simply escorting kids around campus to take event tests and then waiting for the results. But there are usually enough witty t-shirts to rival a Think Geek catalog. And it’s generally a good time. Plus the team get’s a hero’s send off at school.
Let’s hear it for the science geeks!
DH is sitting this one out so he can stay home and
slide down the banister in his new undies care for his garden (possibly also in the aforementioned undies). He likens his seedlings to young children who don’t talk back to him. No wonder he finds gardening so enjoyable.
Have a great weekend whatever your plans!