Last day in Bloomington
Trip Start Jun 01, 2012
13Trip End Jun 12, 2012
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What I did
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
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