Our trip to nationals has began! Cawd students are representing Vermont in Web Design, Interactive Application and Video Game Development, and 3D Visualization and Animation.
(Start of the trip at the bottom, and then read day by day toward the top.)
Friday, & Final Update
We awoke and had our last breakfast at the hotel. We then had a decision to make on what to do before closing ceremonies. We could go shopping, we could go to the Louisville Slugger Museum, we could go to the Muhammad Ali Museum, or we could go to Kentucky Kingdom which had been rained out the night before.
The kids voted for rides and sunshine – so off we went. We were rather liquad in our groups with 5 CTE kids going here, 4 here, then 3 here, then groups would mix, etc. Good times, and the kids got to do the rides they wanted to do. Here are some pics of the group I was with.
First we went to “Free Fall”.
And on their way down.
Next they tried some sort of tea cup ride.
Can you spot them?
I caught this video of Garrett and Mr. Moore on Lighting Run. They are in the front – it is quick, but you can see them.
Some others went on “Cyclos”. I will give you a hint, there are 3 CTE people on this ride in the next video, and 2 are from Cawd. Can you spot them?
We then walked through this gigantic water park called “Hurricane Bay” with a huge wave machine, many pools, beaches, water slides, etc. There was no time to stop, they were on the hunt for roller coasters.
So the final coaster of the day was called T3 and there were simply no good areas for me to take a photo or video. Trust me, it looked like this.
So I snagged a shot when they got off.
At the awards ceremony we found out that we did not get top 3 in any of the competitions, and CTE itself did not take a medal. The competition was really strong, and I am really happy with all 3 of our teams. There have been years where I could honestly say we didn’t do that well, but this year was not one of them. Congrats go out to all the teams: Beny and Kyle, Tim and Ben, and Silver, Noah and Garrett. You made Cawd proud!
Everyone have a great summer, recharge, enjoy life, and be safe. If you are off to college and the real world keep in touch, and I hope to see many of you in the fall.
~ Mr. Cronin
Samantha started out the day with an “Animation of Encouragement” to her Cawd family. Big ups from Jericho!
Two of our teams had events Thursday. Interactive Application and Video Game Design presented. Here is their setup.
Here is Garrett, Noah, and Bombard setup with their display, ready for the rush of visitors.
The public was invited to stroll through and see all the games, play, give feedback, etc. User testing. Maybe had 100 groups go through and try their game out. More maybe? We didn’t keep track.
The judges were very impressed with all the teams, and said that there was so much growth that the contests future looks very bright. Some elements that we saw that really started to push the bounds of the competition were multiplayer games (2p, 3p, and 4p concurrent play – done really well), games based in full VR, games with VR bonus elements, games that incorporated tablets, etc.
3D Animation and Visualization also went today. They were given a pig and had to model it, and then move it through either “terrain” (up to the artist) or an obstacle course.
Here Beny and Kyle are working through their project.
More work time. Their final project included a tall set of stairs to climb, a hill to slide down, walls to jump, and ended with the pig being launched out of a cannon over the horizon.
As always when the final time rang at 5:00:00 pm there was the team or two still rendering. Immediate disqualification. Beny and Kyle were done on time, and it looks good.
For all my 3D Design Contest people through the years – a memory. For the rest – I told you. He is real.
The trade show that goes on as well has insane amounts of free stuff. I collected pens, pencils, hats, and I kid you not, one of these, for free. A 3Dconnexion SpacePilot “Pro Space Mouse”. It is in my hotel room right now.
I just happened to be watching Beny and Kyle work, and a rep from the company said he would like to give it to me. Ok. Retail value? $300. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Can’t wait to get home and use it on my summer projects.
And we found a class fundraiser we may use called Ozark Delight Candy with Lollipops that are the best I have ever had. They may be the best candy I have ever had. Ask any of us, amazing. Flavors like Cookies and Cream, Blue Raspberry, Cotton Candy, etc. Yes I bought some to bring home.
Dinner – what can I say – the Chineese is good. :-)
Web Design had their national competition today, with Tim and Ben representing Vermont.
They feel like they did well, and during one of their interviews during the competition had the judge nodding his head a lot – so, we are hoping that means he agree / appreciates the direction they went to solve the design challenge.
We all went out for dinner at Dish on Market in Louisville.
Many burgers went down quickly, and a couple plates of fried chicken and cornbread, with some fried pickles, onion rings, and fries. You know … diet food.
After dinner Ben and I played a best of 13 series of Mario Strikers which he won 7-6. Others went swimming, to the gym, etc.
Then this happened. First time I have played it.
Wow. That is all I can say about that. “Warm and fuzzy game” they said. Hmm.
Earlier on the day we were riding between the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Hotel on buses that were showing Fresh Prince of Bell Air. Yes, we sang the theme song. For those that need it.
Tomorrow morning early 3D Animation and Game Dev will start their competitions, and we are going to end the day going to Kentucky Kingdom (Kentucky Man World for those in the know). SkillsUSA rented out the entire park, so it closes to the public at 4, and we get it all night for free. Rollarcoasters, water park, all sorts diversions.
And this thing…I don’t know if I could do this, as I am afraid of heights.
We will see.
Late Tuesday Update
We started by getting dressed and eating breakfast.
Ok, NOW we are good to go.
Arriving at the convention center for orientation meetings.
Trading pins with different states. These kids may set the record this year. Cawd has never got all 50 states.
On to Opening Ceremony. The big night to start the competitions.
Mike Rowe showed up to root us on!
We went out to dinner an Ben had a really hard time getting the pizza box to open. The struggle was real for a solid 30 seconds. We watched some USA vs. Argentina … until it got ugly.
Then we say this on the way home painted on the side of a building. Is this…..him?
Night for now!
The first part of the Tuesday update will be from late Monday.
First, we found some really really good “Chinese American” food at Chung King Palace.
The General, which most of us ordered.
Then we played some Strikers before our Vermont state meeting.
I have not lost on the school trip yet, though Ben seems to think he is going to beat me today. Had an epic overtime game with Mr. Moore, but as I said…I am undefeated.
Then we studied for the written exams today. Had 3 groups of kids going over content for a couple hours. Yes, we put the video games down and worked!
Finally, welcome back to former Cawd Jade who returned to the US from her freshmen year in college at University of Gloucestershire. Elizabeth is very happy.
And Jade, being in the EU for an entire year, really needed to figure out “What’s Great About America”. She did.
Check back later!
Starting off the trip were the kids getting our equipment together in Cawd.
Next, after years of cancellations and flight delays, we decided to take a bus and drive through the night. A very nice bus with many more creature comforts than the plans we have been taking.
Beny was ready.
The bus driver was very nice and said there was power, internet, the seats go down, a bathroom, food and drink, etc.
We watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Firefly, The Fault in Our Stars, on the way down. We have Princess Bride and more for the ride back.
Much cards were played.
The sun setting as we left.
We had company on our trip – thanks to Samantha.
During the trip we stopped and refueled.
In the spirit of the trip, I figured this was appropriate to buy.
We saw an actual Zoltar at a rest stop.
What is Zoltar from? Come on people, you can get this…
Driving in we past the Louisville Slugger Field. We think we are going to hit the Louisville Slugger Museum later on.
As of now some kids are swimming, some at the gym, some doing college homework, some vegging. The main Vermont meeting is tonight. Updates to come!
~ Mr. Cronin