It was a fun run, and we did good. All things related to exposciences are now carefully packaged up in a box titled “Exposciences 2016-2017 Archive”.
On the 23rd of April, we were eliminated from the Canada-Wide Science Fair as we were beaten by 40 other people. Was it fair? I don’t care. The judges were human, subjectivity is inherent. Do I believe we deserved to be up there, among the 40 others? Yes. Am I upset about it? Not in the slightest.
And it’s better this way
On my way back, I thought about it. And I realized something important. We were definitely not going further than that. We were going to get 3 things: Coverage for an unfinished product, a demolishing loss along with a very pleasant trip to Regina. At this stage, media can kill us.
The ExpoSciences 2017 Experiencetm
I will not lie. The bad outweighed the good. I will make a list:
- Breakfast was nice
- Motel was rather great (I made it greater by chasing off people who were suppose to be with us)
- Shower was absolutely lovely
- Great people everywhere
- I discovered that Boston Pizza has a delicious Authentic Hamburger
- Lunch and dinner were utter shit, food tasted like I don’t even know what and it wasn’t enough to not be hungry and be forced to spend 60$ at a nearby Boston Pizza
- The schedule managed to make me feel like in the army: Wake up at 6, go to sleep at midnight (Was possible at 11 but I had to get bloody food cause I was starving).
- Absolutely boring presentations by a sponsoring nation CEGEP which I will not name.
- Absolutely boring presentations by people I do not care about (e.g. CSA)
- Authoritarian-like legal procedures for data science (This pissed me off too much for me to even write about right now, and it’s been a week)
- Poor organisational effort all around
The last part of the list in incomplete.
This is a topic that I can’t really complain about but I will anyways because I didn’t get an award I wanted and am irritated by it because the sponsor giving it out didn’t even come to see us. But this sheds light on a bigger issue: We were stand #99, the sponsors came in to see presenation #1 first and #124 last. Of course we didn’t get any awards, nobody in our row did!
Judges were globally pleasant. We got 3 teachers, 1 software engineer and because we were a software project aimed at education, we even got… wait for it…. a specialist in heating. No joke.
Humor aside, that’s a B+, good job on that front RTS!