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    Congratulations to Team One’s achievement in NSL 2019 US Finals!喜报丨恭贺玮希学子在美国STEM大联盟杯决赛荣获佳绩!

    GOOD NEWS 喜 报 热烈祝贺玮希ONE车队 斩获美国STEM大赛大奖

    Congratulations! The students from Changsha WES Academy Bilingual Section, as one of the China teams, has obtained two gold medals and one silver medal in the Junior section of the American National STEM League 2019 US finals held in Houston.

    喜报!喜报!长沙玮希国际学校双语部的学子们,在此次美国STEM大联盟杯(National STEM League,简称NSL)的美国决赛现场,代表中国队斩获初中组的两金一银的好成绩!为祖国争光,为学校争光!

    Dazzling results cannot be separated from the sweat and hard work of the team members, and the support of the school and parents! Besides the happiness of getting the awards and honor, there are many moving stories and worth to share with all. Starting today, we will publish three reports, each from the perspective of parents, students and teacher instructor respectively, to review the whole experience, the ups and downs of the students participating in this competition.

    耀眼的成绩离不开辛勤的汗水和努力,以及学校和各位家长的支持!在此次获奖的背后,有许许多多动人的故事值得我们去回味和分享。从今天开始,我们将用三期的报道,分别从家长、学生和指导老师的角度来回顾一下,在本次大赛中,孩子们所经历的酸甜苦辣。

    First of all, let’s welcome the representative of our parents — Hank’s mom, to share her reflection and feeling. (The following text is provided by Hank’s Mather.)

    首先,让我们请出家长代表——Hank妈妈带给我们的分享。(以下的文字由Hank妈妈提供)

    “I am Hank’s mother, his position in the team is the racing car driver. This trip, I am also the accompanying journalist, logistics supervisor and life teacher of the competition, thus I followed through the whole race schedule. I must say that the whole process is like a soap opera, and you never know what will happen the next second, what will be the result. It’s thrilling!”

    “我是赛车手Hank的妈妈,本次比赛的随行记者、后勤主管和生活老师,这几天赛程全程跟下来,我和孩子们、廖老师一起经历了跌宕起伏的美国STEM大联盟总决赛之旅。整个过程仿佛就是一部连续剧,而且你永远不知道下一秒会发生什么,又会是什么结果,可谓惊心动魄!”

    After three months of training and preparation, the children finally were ready to go. Sitting on the bus towards Changsha Huanghua airport, they were so happy and full of confidence. At that moment, they did not know their trip to the United States was not as smooth as they had imagined, and the journey was full of twists and turns and hardships.

    当孩子们经过三个月的集训,满怀信心地踏上了去黄花机场的大巴,一个一个欢心雀跃时,却不知此次的美国之行却没有想象中的那么顺利,一路上充满了波折与艰辛。

    Because there is no direct flight from Changsha to the United States, the team needs to transit at Shanghai, and the whole journey would take 32 hours, that made all felt it could be very tiring. But to our horror, all the batteries needed for the race and some maintenance tools were detained in the Changsha airport with some reasons. This made the children almost broken down. These were the best tested batteries and the most convenient toll that they have used. The children were all cracking down. “How are we going to compete?” At that moment, we felt there’s no hope. However, Mr. Victor Liao, the teacher trainer remained cool and calm, and told them to rest assured that there would be a way to solve. I think this is the best part of the head coach, Mr. Liao. He planted a seed of hope into each of the players’ and at the same time, he started to make countless phone calls. Finally, we managed to get 16 original batteries on time.

    由于没有直接从长沙飞往美国的航班,孩子们要在上海转机,长达32个小时的飞行和转机,让老师和孩子们倍感疲惫,但更让人崩溃的是,参赛车队所需要的所有电池还有进站维修的部分工具因故被扣留在了长沙黄花机场,这可是孩子们试验了无数次才选到的最好的电池和最顺手的工具呀!孩子们都急了,这还怎么比赛?我们不都凉凉了?这时廖老师跟他们说放心,一定会有办法解决的。我觉得这是作为总教练廖老师做得非常好的一点——给每个队员心里种下了一颗希望的种子。一路上,在经过廖老师无数个电话之后,终于在上海购买到了16个原厂电池。

    Battery Issue 电池波折

    And then, when we arrived at the US customs, well, Hank left his passport and the second lap air ticket on the plane. I was so anxious that I scolded him. Mr. Liao comforted him and advised him to learn from this mistake and we should deal with the problems rather than panicky. Fortunately, with the help of the staff at the airport, we gotten his passport back and were just in time for our next flight.

    可是,真是好事多磨啊。到了美国出海关时,Hank的护照和机票都落在飞机上了。当时我急了,一顿数落着孩子不上心。廖老师反而安慰他,谁都可能犯错,出了问题我们解决问题就好。还好在机场工作人员的帮助下我们找回了护照,还好正好赶上下一趟航班。

    The next day after we arrived at Houston, Mr. Liao went to the mall early in the morning to purchase the tools that were detained by the security in Changsha. And after we arrived at the hotel, Mr. Liao seized the time to lead the children to debug the car. The team members were also very accommodating too, despite the discomfort of the time difference, kept on practicing till they were satisfied before they took the rest. I can see that the children were all prepared to win the competition to the best they could.

    抵达美国的第二天,廖老师一大早就去商场购买在长沙被安检扣留的工具。而抵达休息的酒店后,廖老师又抓紧时间带领孩子们调试赛车。队员们一个个也是相当给力,顶着时差的不适,不练到最好成绩就不休息,大家真是卯足了劲的一定要拿第一名。

    On April 27-28, during the STEM league finals in Houston, each member of our Team ONE played his own role without any reservations. As the head coach, Mr. Liao not only have to ensure that the overall direction of the participation was on the right track, but also paid attention in respecting each and every child’s unique personality.

    4月27日-28日,在美国休斯顿开战的STEM大联盟的决赛赛场上,长沙玮希国际学校Team ONE车队的每个队员都是不加修饰的本色出演,而作为总教练的廖老师既要保证大方向不能出错,又要尊重每个孩子的个性。

    Team ONE won the first event – the Pit Repair race by an absolute margin. During their practicing time, there were still some unhappiness among team members. However, once on the field, they were immediately fully revived. They worked well as a team and won the race! In the evening, Mr. Liao took them to a meeting to review — each member summarized what he had done well and what was not enough that day, as well as some things to pay attention to the next day. I really felt that they were behaving like adults, and were all thinking clearly. They were all behaved like a general demeanor.

    第一场的进站维修赛,Team ONE以绝对优势夺冠。练习时还有情绪的队员,一上赛场立马满血复活,第一次团队合作, 旗开得胜!晚上廖老师带他们开会复盘——每个队员总结当天自己做得好的和不足的,以及第二天要注意的一些事情。我真实地感觉到他们像成人年一样,个个都思路清晰,个个都有大将风范。

    The third day in the United States was one of the most intense and exciting days of the tournament. From 6:30 in the morning, some of our team members rushed to the race track without even taking breakfast. The Speed Challenge Race was one of the events that the players thought that we were good at, and thought that we could win. But, we ended up have to change batteries twice within the first five minutes, as both batteries were low. CATHY, Team One’ engineer, was usually the most sedate of all team members, broke down. The Captain, KITTY, immediately embraced her, patting her shoulder to comfort her. Fortunately, the racer EASON, who was well trained, won the championship in 18.9 seconds after a miraculous comeback in the last lap.

    抵达美国的第三天,是赛事最紧张、最刺激的一天。从早上六点半起,有小伙伴早餐都来不及吃就赶往赛场调试赛车。竞速挑战赛是被队员们都以为的我们强项赛事,可以稳夺第一的。结果第一次圈速赛五分钟内就换了两次电池,前面两个电池都电量不足。工程师思佳平时是最稳重的孩子,这时也崩溃了。队长廖容立马抱着思佳,拍着她的肩膀安慰她。好在EASON同学平时训练有素,在最后一圈奇迹般的反超所有对手,以18.9秒的良好成绩夺冠!

    As we were cheering for the success, we were told there might be something wrong with the sensor, that the readings might not be accurate, and that the results might not be valid. (After checking the background data, we were finally told that the result was valid.) The racing driver EASON, usually the most cheerful child, broke down when heard of the good news. The players gave EASON their encouragement: “Eason, you need to calm down, you shouldn’t let your emotional control you!” I could not believe my son said that to his teammates. When I saw the children’s tears, I felt unspeakable pain. But that’s exactly what growth is, it’s the experience of the soul, and it’s just as important as being a champion. The competition is not just only a technical battle, but also a battle of mentality.

    正当我们欢呼时,被告知传感器可能出了问题,读数可能不准,成绩有可能无效(下午查看后台数据后,判定成绩有效)。这时赛车手Eason,这个平时最开朗的孩子,刷的一下眼泪掉下来。队员们愤愤不平,不断的给Eason鼓励。“Eason,你要冷静,你不要被情绪控制了!”我都不敢相信这是我儿子对他队友说的话。当我看到孩子们的眼泪时,有说不出的心疼。但这正是成长,是心灵的历炼,和冠军一样重要。比赛不只是技术的对决,更是心态的对决。

    Following up was the Lap Number Race, and after running a dozen laps, accident happened again. The left front tire flew off. Fortunately, our engineers were quick enough to fix the fault, and we finally won a third place in the single event. And then, in the 25m Linear Acceleration Race, our representative, the racing driver KEN, out beaten his opponent by about almost 10 meters and won the race without any doubt.

    随后马上是圈数赛,赛车在跑了十几圈之后又出了意外,左前胎飞出,好在工程师们迅速将故障修好,最后我们车队还是拿下了一个单项第三名。值得祝贺的是——在25米直线加速赛中,赛车手Ken以大约10米的优势秒杀对手,毫无悬念地拿到直线加速赛的冠军。

    During the endurance race, CATHY, the Team’s Chief Engineer, lost control of her emotion. After a confusing situation, Mr. Liao quickly adjusted the team member’s role and Hank was appointed to take over Chief engineer temporarily. Too bad that the repairing procedures for the spare parts were not too successfully, Team One lost the chance of winning. KITTY, the team leader, performed very well in this competition. She told the team’s data-driven design process (DDD) in fluent English, which was well received by the judges. The team won the runner-up of data-driven design process (DDD).

    耐力赛时,总工程师Cathy情绪已经失控,在一阵骚乱之后,廖老师迅速调整人事,Hank临时任总工程师,很遗憾他们抢修齿轮的过程并不顺利,耐力赛无奈出局。队长廖容这次比赛,表现非常不错,她以流利的英语,讲述车队的数据驱动设计过程(DDD),获得评委们的一致好评,车队顺利拿下数据驱动设计过程(DDD)的亚军。

    After the competition, the team members were exhausted, feeling tired and simply sat on the ground, eating plain bread with water. However, they were happy. Being the only team representing the Central China, Team One of Changsha WES Academy, won Two champion and One second place, not only made our school proud, and also bring glory to China! More importantly, I think, the children have gained a rare life experience.

    几天的赛事,让队员们一个一个筋疲力尽,累得席地而座,就着水啃着面包。虽苦,但快乐着。

    这次比赛,长沙玮希国际学校Team One 作为中国华中区唯一一支初中组车队,收获两冠一亚,为国争光,为学校争光!更重要的是孩子们收获了难得的人生体验。

    The success of the children is attributed to Mr. Liao, who regards his work as his life. He keeps improving his skills and respects every child. The success of the children is also inseparable from the attention and support of the management team of Changsha WES Academy. WES provides an international competitive platform for children to grow!

    孩子们的成功,得益于”视工作如生命”的廖老师,廖老师对技术精益求精,而且尊重每一个孩子。

    孩子们的成功,也离不开长沙玮希国际学校领导的重视,WES为孩子们提供了国际化的竞技平台,让孩子们在实践中成长!

    About NSL
    The National STEM League (NSL) is Project-Based Learning that can help students learn the skills to thrive in a team-oriented atmosphere while also learning why mathematics and physics are helpful. There is a place for all students to contribute to the team through race engineering, coding and automation, design and fabrication, graphic design, marketing, community outreach and data-driven design projects that ask students to follow their own interests.
    关于美国STEM大联盟杯
    美国STEM大联盟杯(National STEM League,以下简称NSL)是美国最具创新和深受学生热爱的STEM活动之一。NSL以纳斯卡赛车为原型,学生通过运营一家属于自己的科技赛车公司,担任不同的角色(车队经理、工程师、赛车手、商务外联、设计师、媒体公关等),学习50学时全PBL(问题式学习)设计课程来完成各项挑战。在奥巴马政府期间,NSL从全美2000多个STEM项目中脱颖而出,被评为全美四大优质STEM项目:最具课程完整度、最具有效性、最具可复制性。
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