Today, I got to judge the JR's International Kite Flying contest on the HeliDeck. The scientists and engineers alike have been working on their kites in great anticipation of the contest that has been delayed twice. And what beautiful and interesting kites they made too! A good number of them were made with plastic bags, Caution tape, bubble wrap and any other scraps they could find on board. Very fun and I learned a lot about kite construction and aerodynamics. A recreational AND educational activity. That's what life on the JR is all about - Learning, Science-ing, and Socializing!
I chose not to make a kite for the occasion because I wanted to watch all the other kites instead of concentrating on keeping mine in the air. And I'm glad I did! It would have been fun to jump back 20 years to the day I built kites with my family but I would have missed the "Most Spectacular Crash" and the "You must be joking" kites. :) We also had categories for:
Below are the winners.
It was a wonderful day on the JR to have a kite flying contest. Everyone had fun showing their personality and kite flying skills. Even though we had a few casualties fall in the ocean, we still went back to work on the CORK smiling and recharged with sunshine.