Speaking for myself and for my peers, the DAP project was one heck of a journey that was well worth all the stress it caused and long hours we spent working.
As we all know, engineering has always had the smallest group of all the pathways at our school. When given the choice at the end of eight grade, most students pay no mind or even consider engineering because they see it as the hardest pathway with the most math and science involved. There are no words to explain how thankful I am for the people of the class of 2018 who as their little 13 and 14 year old selves didn’t choose to take the easy way. Engineering, or advisory for that matter, wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable or close without them. Each person brings their own little perks and skills to the group that somehow fit together and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Speaking of bringing something to the group… our presentation of the courtyard to our panel of judges the other day was AMAZING. Even though the making of the Power Point seemed very rushed and last minute, each person pulled through and came up with something to talk about for their assigned slide and impressed both the judges and Ms.Jo. Just like during the creation of our project, there were also some difficulties when in came to presenting the slideshow because we were determined to challenge ourselves by choosing to do our presentation outside. After having our makeshift projector screen fall to the ground several times, after we finally got it to stand on its own we learned that it was impossible to get the screen to be visible in broad day light. Then we decided to simply set up iPad’s for all the judges so they could click through the slides at their own pace but even that had some technical difficulties due to the lack of WiFi in the outdoor classroom but in the end we got innovative and found a way for them to work. We even pushed through even after one of our peers, Karen, had to step out because she got heat stroke.
In my opinion this perseverance that our group has is what has made us successful in (for the most part) finishing the courtyard. Despite our roadblocks and bumps along the way we have kept what is similar to the drive of the Dillon Panthers of Friday Night Lights:
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”