Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cry havoc, and let slip the jugs of water! *

The campus of Your College will once again be the site of an annual onslaught by tribes of smart, young Visigoths hoisting their home-made siege engines into place, and competing with one another in a contest of brains and brawn. It's nothing less than the West Texas Milk Jug Chuckin' Championship, featuring full-size trebuchets designed, built and operated by area high school and junior high school students.

This year's event takes place Saturday, April 27, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the northeast corner of Garfield and Siesta streets, on the MC main campus. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Bring a towel ... just in case ...

And if you're wondering ... yes there IS method to the mayhem, and a purpose in the pounding.

"One of the ways that we try to make the learning more memorable and meaningful is through the use of projects," Midland High School physics teacher Cory Calloway once wrote in the Midland Reporter-Telegram. "In my classroom, these projects tend to take the role of being both formative and summative. Students use trial-and-error techniques and theoretical classroom knowledge through the scientific method to address some engineering or scientific problem. These projects require students to research a problem and then plan and test a solution. Throughout this process, they are trying new things and learning how to overcome obstacles to evaluate their progress. They submit pre-determined reports as they make adjustments and improve their solutions until the end of the year, and then they present a final product."

 • read the rest of Mr. Calloway's op-ed piece in the MRT

As for me, I'll be rooting for my son's former team ... San Jacinto Junior High School, led by Curt "Coach" Cowdrey.

Once more into the breach, dear Eagles, once more; or fill the wall with our English wet!

* ... with apologies to William Shakespeare

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