First : My new website is up. See my newest work at www.karenleeillustration.com
My Odyssey of the Mind team is off and running. I am sharing coaching responsibilities with a fantastic co-coach and we have seven eighth graders - most of them with State and World Tournament experience. They are doing the tech problem this year and are required to build a Rube Goldberg style contraption and incorporate it into a skit. We took them to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham on Saturday and they spent an hour in the Contraption Room building one. They were focused and showed great teamwork. And they had a blast. This will be my last year coaching - next year my youngest will be in high school and they will self coach. It was taken an enormous amount of time, mental bandwidth, and food for those teenage bottomless pits over the past five years but has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. Bittersweet. But I still have four months to the regional tournament!