Last day in Bloomington

Trip Start Jun 01, 2012
Trip End Jun 12, 2012

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Today is our last day in Bloomington and the final day for IC,  International Conference for FPSPI, Future Problem Solving International 2012.  Breakfast and room checkout, packing the bags ready for the flight in the afternoon back to Sydney.
At 8:45 am we are required in the IU Auditorium for the Awards Ceremony.  This is HUGE!

An introduction by Marianne, the CEO of the FPSPI organisation and chief organiser of this event,
After that the presentation of the SKITS from Junior, Middle and Senior.  These are fantastic. Considering the students have 3 hours to do these AFTER completing 2 hours of writing up their scenarios and problem solutions. They create a 4 minute "drama" piece, showing their perspective and solution, including their "UP" Underlying Problem. They learn the moves, the lines and then present to judges. There are 66 teams in Middle school, for example, so to be the best is a huge achievement. The finalists were funny, clever, entertaining and to the point. Including, in the senior division some commentary on the competition guidelines.

The curtain lifts and there are over a hundred huge shiny gold trophies, the biggest being a metre tall.  There is a gasp from the audience when these are revealed, it is a stunning sight. 

Presentations to the winners continues for an hour or so and goodbyes are given.  Picking up the evaluation of Nelsons effort for the competition to help us do better next time.  We have learned that it is pretty special to get to Internationals after only 2 years of the program running, many take 10 years to get here.  So we can all be proud of our efforts. 

11:30 am We leave for the airport in Indianapolis.  MrT doing the job as driver with almost everyone falling asleep.  We check-in and bags are checked all the way through to Sydney, that is good news as we have a tight schedule.  The only issue is that we have a plane change at LAX and our seat allocations are everywhere.  Mrs and MrT try to sort this but Misty at gate 21 for United, is less than helpful.  Luckily I can view seating availability with the iPad and I know there are 50 seats free.  Of course we get delayed and have to run from gate to gate (next door!) at LAX.  Again, staff not that interested so MrT allocates everyone so they are with family or close by.  It is a long journey home.  22hours 30 minutes in the air on 3 different aircraft.  The last leg into Sydney 13 hours 40 minutes and we arrive at 6:10 am.  All well, and safely delivered back to family.  Thanks everyone for your support and efforts, students and parents.  A quick but rewarding trip.
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