Closing out 2015 TARCWe closed out the 2015 TARC on Saturday, May 16th.
Throughout the season we had "hot washes" where both teams come and meet to discuss/present what we were doing, what went wrong, what went right, and how to improve all of it. This helped out mentors understand what we were doing as well as preparing us for giving presentations. Hard questions were asked after each hot wash and this helped us learn to answer those questions as well as figure out what to do next or what we should have done.
We all, kids and parents, had to state what our lessons learned from the 2015 TARC were.
We also determined how we were moving forward.
Peter is moving. Jeremy and Domo are excited to get started on the 2016 TARC. Allison, Jeremy's younger sister (she is pictured in some of our photos throughout the blog), is eligible to compete in the 2016 TARC and will be joining the team. We have potentially recruited a few more people and should have a strong team.
We are taking a little time off before we jump in to the 2016 planning, but the new requirements are already getting our minds going on how to meet those. We will keep this blog going to update our 2016 TARC progress and hopefully all the way to Nationals!
Things that were useful to knowAll of the TARC stuff was really an unknown thing to us and we were told a lot by former TARC participants and our mentors. It all still seemed so foreign and hard to grasp. Right after we learned we qualified for Nationals in 2015 we found these videos on YouTube and it really helped to visualize what Nationals would be like so we are sharing/linking these videos created by other people to help get a "feel" of what we would be doing. Hope these are helpful to others as well.
A video by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA):
A video by own2dogs:
Both of these videos were pretty inspiring and great to help the team understand what we had to look forward to!