If there is meant to be a picture there, I am not seeing it.
Try it now? (Twitpic is annoying. Will have to upload pic elsewhere, but am too tired to do it now.)
And also, sheesh... What kids are up to these days makes me feel extra old and stupid.
At that age I was drinking too much coffee at a diner and wondering what color to dye my hair. Well, and making fanzines and teaching myself to program C, I guess. And participating in Junior Achievement and winning scholarships as a result. But still. What impressive young ladies.
They really were exceptionally good. Keep in mind that this was the UK national competition, too. These were the best students from each region. (These girls were from Northern Ireland.) Most of the students their age weren't even close to this sophisticated in terms of their level of organisation and commitment, let alone technical ability.
I was just thinking the same thing myself... Weasleys mucking around with muggle technology to very good effect.
That's awesome! I want to see that project.
You just might see it as a finished product if they can keep their determination as strong as it has been so far.
2009-03-05 03:28 (UTC)
When I was 14 I was fiddling with a TRS-80.
Today's kids have the best toys!
Oh yeah! Remember how exciting graphing calculators were? Being able to plot stuff on that little screen? Wow.
I forgot to mention that we also saw two projects where the students had used CAD programs to do their designs and then used a laser cutter to make the pieces. Man, I wish I'd had access to that stuff when I was a teenager!
p.s. I feel like i should congratulate you for the discovery of the new moon around saturn, or at least offer the internet version of a high five...
I like how it's being called a "moonlet". D'aw.
Did you happen to chat and find out if they come from an engineering family? They Must have support for that kind of passion.
I had a chat with their mum & aunt (who'd accompanied them) but we didn't talk about that, more just about the girls and how excited they were to be in London, etc. If I can get up the energy to go to the award ceremony tonight and find them, I'll ask then.
What would society be like without earnest little red heads? Also, I'm ashamed to say that their electronics skills are certainly MUCH better than mine.
It would a sad, gingerless universe indeed. (They're better than mine, too! I still have to look up resistor colours. I know the mnemonics, I just seem to manage to compute the wrong values half the time anyway. :-/)
Little engineers! When science meets hands on applications. I was always terrible at hands on applications *g* - I'm a theorist! Electronics was probably my worst area.
Electronics seems to be one of those things that people either really "get", almost instinctively, and enjoy, or they really don't. I started off disliking it, but familiarity has unexpectedly bred fondness!