My team and I had a lot of fun with some post-event building.
If you were near the river around 3:30 - 4:30, you might have seen about seven kids playing around with paper boats, eventually progressing to a dowel raft (about 9" x 9") with a duct-tape deck, a mast with our team's flag, and a secondary flag, with one girl wading in the water near the mini-rapids/dam/ledge area, and about six people on the pedestrian bridge between Wells Hall and North Kedzie, downstream from the Farm Lane bridge....that was us.
We were bored and used our spare parts from Mousetrap to mess around until we got a passable device. It went about 30m (I think, but I'm not a very good estimator) downstream to the shallow area, where our team member picked it up, checked for structural integrity, and then released it again, where it dutifully survived the rapids, eventually getting snagged by our fishing-twine guide line on a branch. After some time, we recovered it and headed back to base...The whole thing stayed together, but the mast snapped since a knot in the twine created too much tension.
(oh, and my partner and I medaled in Remote Sensing! soooo happy)
Edit: I'm pretty sure practically the entire Iroquois Middle School team was there, so thanks for the support guys!
Loved the lime green.
Events: Remote Sensing, Chem. Lab, It's About Time, Dynamic Planet, Mission Possible, Env. Chem. The latter two I found out I had to do 4 weeks before Regionals. Fun, fun, fun.