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Classes coast on cardboard

Ryan Graff

Rose Wieben and her friends aren’t concerned with winning, but they are concerned with M&M’s and Coke.Rose and her buds – collectively, The Rose Buds – are one team of eighth-graders at Carbondale Middle School that has spent the past two days preparing for the third annual CMS bobsled race. Most of the students’ crafts resembled real bobsleds – low to the ground, pointed nose, straight sides – but not that of the Rose Buds. They created a different craft. Theirs was round like a soup bowl, with low sides and plenty of room in the middle for a cooler with Cokes and M&M’s. “We might not win, but we’ll have fun,” The Rose Buds said nearly in unison. In addition to Wieben, the Rose Buds are Morgan Dominguez, Rianna Rollyson and Brenda Banford. On Thursday morning the Rose Buds’ bobsled wasn’t much more than a shaped piece of cardboard, but by the start of the race today at Sunlight Mountain Resort, the sled should have been transformed into a cowprint flower, “but, like, crazy purple and yellow,” they said. The bobsled race is fun, but it also serves a purpose. The sleds are created for the eighth-grade science class, which includes a unit of physics. The sled-building is the culmination of lessons on Newton, friction, force, and strength, said eighth-grade science teacher Kellie Land. The students have to draw and build the sleds to scale, then have to calculate the speed and acceleration of their sleds after the race, she said. Before the bobsleds even touched the snow, the kids had already started learning lessons. “It kind of didn’t turn out like we thought it would,” said Dustin Belcher. He built a bobsled with Sam Stevens. “It looks smaller on paper,” he said of the sled’s high sides. The boys had made it aerodynamic, and constructed it expertly with clean cuts and a symmetrical shape. Most of the kids had made their sleds to go fast. Eduardo Venegas, Daniel Maganda, Rodrigo Cordova, Adrian Ruiz, and Alex Moreno hoped to win with their sled. “We’ve got a lot of duct tape on the bottom,” said Moreno. The model bobsled by which all others would have to be judged, though, was Elenor, the flying pig created by Hayden Reilly, David Cappa, Blaine Hudson and Jack Stokan. The pig’s name was supposed to be Bessie, but it changed at the last minute after the boys discovered the “Elenor” printed on one of the pieces of cardboard they used. Elenor had an open mouth, protruding eyeballs, and wings that flap. “And its got a spoiler so we don’t go off the ground,” Cappa joked.


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