Friday, October 18, 2013
Team update 10.18.13
The team has been making a lot of progress in the last few weeks. The biggest news is that Scottsdale firefighters visited for the entire session on Monday. This was a very high energy meeting where team members got to climb into a freshly-opened emergency fire blanket, explore the fire truck and its compartments while asking a copious number of questions. This was a treat because once the fire blanket is opened, it can't be re-packed. So if you see someone from the Scottsdale Fire Department, be sure to say thanks. Or drop a line to Al Dibenedetto at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and you can go here to watch YouTube videos of the firefighter visit!
The team also has made progress developing a skit for competition and preparing for the garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 26th at the Kuhler home. We'll send out time specifics next week. So far we have some cookies and brownies to sell, but we could really use more stuff for the garage sale, which will run roughly from 6 a.m. until late morning. Coffee and a coffee maker might really help. Or tea and/or hot chocolate. And don't forget unwanted stuff filling up your garage. The fundraiser will help pay for a quad copter that will be used for the competition and skit props.
The team has also made progress on the competition board, with Seth, John, Lael, Gatlin and Meredith all making progress completing the tasks. Logan wrote the presentation script and has been maintaining the team blog, which you can view at http://dcrnf.blogspot.com/
As well as we are doing, time is quickly running out with competition either Nov 23rd or Dec. 7. The kids primarily need more time to work on the table solution, the skit and the quad copter when it arrives. So, it would be great if we could hold a few additional meetings on the weekend. I know how busy everyone is, so the additional meetings are completely optional, but if you are open to the idea, can you give me an idea if Saturdays or Sundays are better?
One thing we did not do last year was compete in a scrimmage. Even if we don't compete, it might be worth watching. One scrimmage will be Saturday Nov. 2 and the other on Nov. 9th. My family will be out of town the Nov 2nd weekend, so if you want to go that week, I can relay you the information. Otherwise, we'll shoot for the Nov. 9th one.
Another reminder: Don't forget to blog about each meeting. It's not just for posterity, it counts in the competition. (It's okay if your parents help you write a post.)
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
See you tonight.