I mentioned in a recent article that members of our Woodworkers Guild, including Sandy and I, would participate as judges in the 2010 North West Technology Education Association of Missouri (TEAM) Awards contest. I can report that we were impressed by the quality of the entries, and the sheer enthusiasm shown by the participants, the schools, and the Staff involved in the program in Northwest Missouri.
One of the entries in the Woodworking category scored high, but did not win (the large bed, in the gallery shown below the top two entries). The overall winner this year was not a woodworking entry, although it should have been entered as such. Instead, the First Place winner was entered in the Open Division; it was the following kayak, made by a student probably in 11th or 12th Grade (neither name nor grade level was listed on the entry sheets):
The following architectural model of a house placed second overall. It was a beautiful model, with every detail of the real thing:
The following is a Gallery of several of the remaining entries, to give you a flavor for the quality of the entries. It is amazing to me that high school students taking less than 10 hours of shop instruction (Industrial Technology) per week can put together the following projects:
A number of the entries will represent the Northwest Missouri District at the TEAM Annual State Contest May 6 and 7, 2010. I hope that the top entries from our District will do well.
— Al Navas