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Traip students bring lessons to life

A Traip Academy team of budding engineers learned some lessons in physics and teamwork, and along the way, garnered honors at a recent statewide wind turbine competition.

Two teams from Traip participated in the University of Maine annual Windstorm and Wind Blade Challenge, and one of the teams walked away with second place overall for its floating turbine platform design.

The competition was sponsored by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) at UMaine, with more than 40 middle schools and high schools participating.

According to Traip Academy physics teacher Ed Disy, the goal was very precise: Build a wind turbine platform with a blade connection no more than four inches off the water, using no more than $100 for materials. Submitted with each design was a business plan detailing how they spent their funds.

Disy said the competition has practical applications. The ASCC this month completed the country’s first floating wind turbine, which is expected to be placed in the water by 2016. The competition is intended to spur interest in the turbine program. Disy said they were told the winning prototypes may be used as a model for future turbines.

Teams could choose to either build a prototype turbine or a prototype floating platform for the turbine. Both Traip teams chose to build a platform.

The teams began meeting in December, first creating plans on paper and then transforming those plans into the actual model.

“I do a lot with the sciences, and I do pretty well,” said senior Josh Wiswell, who will attend University of Southern Maine this fall as an electrical engineering student. “But I haven’t done the engineering part.”

Creating a model from plans was key to his interest, he said, “although we learned the real world is not as perfect as the calculations.”

Disy agreed it was the learning experience that mattered most. “What we talked about is learning by failing,” he said. “It doesn’t always have to come out right.”

For instance, one team created a platform out of plastic plumbing tubing, only to realize after it was built that it sat too high in the water. The solution was to use bricks to add weight.

The other team created a platform using a weighted-down gallon milk jug and a plastic pail. To get the correct buoyancy, they drilled holes in the pail so it would fill with water. When it was 4 inches off the water, they used duct tape to plug the remaining holes.

That model was the one that won second overall, likely in part because the team only spent $8 to build it.

“The best thing is applying it to real life,” said team member Teancum Keele. “In math and science, you learn equations, but how does it apply to actual situations?”

Keele’s team included Taidgh Robinson and Nathanial Thomas. Wiswell’s team included Enya Childs and Talia Dennis.


Kerley makes his move

They briefly split earlier this year then patched things up, now Dating in the Dark host Laura Dundovic and first-time author and Go! presenter James Kerley are taking the next step and moving in together. But be warned, Laura: he’s a self-confessed “messy prick”.

Kerley, who says he grew up the son of a hoarder, reckons he’s worked out the secrets to being a good housemate just in time to move into the couple’s top-floor Mosman pad with a view of the Harbour Bridge: 10 minutes’ cleaning a day, “no stained sheets”, don’t leave your “grot mags” around and “pubey soap is totally gross”.

It all has something to do with manning up since he hit the big 3-0 and wrote a self-help book called The Man Plan about, basically, getting his “shit together”.

Dundovic – or Dundy, as Kerley affectionately calls her – has been a sounding board throughout the project. “We’re back together – she’s good for me. I’ve had to step up. We were apart for a month. I think we just needed a bit of space and that bit of selfish time to focus on yourself and sort yourself out.”

“I try not to preach but just tell the impact of things like drugs,” he says. “Guys are not usually hopeless, they just need to tweak a few areas of their lives.”

When S cheekily notes there’s no chapter on the best time to get engaged, or when to have kids, he changes the subject quickly diverting to other sections in the book.

The chapters – some more graphic than others – cover such topics as “dick tricks”, ways to turn a woman on and an SAS special forces guide, a top-secret military workout the army didn’t want him to print.

There’s also a section called “Lady Love” with an illustration of Vagina Island by a children’s cartoonist. “Pictures of vaginas are so medical and sterile!” he laughs.

But more serious issues are canvassed, one being male suicide – a subject close to his heart as his uncle committed suicide 10 years ago.

“[The book] ranges from silliness to seriousness: cooking tips, to how to handle a washing machine, to the highs and lows of depression,” he says.

Her upcoming nuptials to writer/director Henry Zalapa sound more like an international celebration, or week-long fiesta, for 85 friends and family, with the trans-Atlantic actor saying she’s been knee-deep in wedding plans for the past six months.

“It’s been quite an undertaking!” she says, admitting wedding plans had taken her “off the market for quite a few jobs”. “Henry’s grandfather is from Mexico and it’s just gorgeous – it’s paradise, we’ve holidayed there and fell in love with it. And since we’ve been living in New York and a lot of our friends are from the northern hemisphere, we said, ‘Let’s do a destination wedding’.”

While Crave, the psychological thriller in which she stars alongside Josh Lawson and Edward Furlong, has been a hit on the global film festival circuit, Lung has also turned her hand to writing and started a production company with her husband-to-be this year.

“I’m actually in the middle of writing a feature film,” she says. “That’s taking up most of my time. It’s something I’ve had in my head for probably eight years – it’s just sort of written itself, there have been a few serendipitous things that have happened along the way.”

OUTSIDE, the streets are cold and wet.

On stage, Gordon Strachan’s knack for story-telling has got the place on toast. Around him, a dressing room-load of players past and present are chipping in with anecdotes that rock the rafters.

And I’m sitting there in the middle of it all, thinking: “This is Kirkcaldy. On a crappy Monday in November.

And people say football’s dying?”

Well, let me tell you. While there are occasions like this, the night Raith Rovers launched their Hall Of Fame, football will live and breath and it will grow stronger.

But as I’ve written a million times, all the game’s more crippling problems started when somebody, somewhere decided it should BE a business first and a sport a distant second.

When you take those grey men out of the mix, when you forget about market shares and bottom lines, when you remember that goals and glory are the real profit and loss — that’s when the glow returns.

On Monday night in Kirkcaldy, money was never mentioned.

Well, except when they showed an old video of Jim Baxter telling how he bought his mammy a washing machine with his first signing-on fee.

Because this was about passion, about heritage, about fans and players and backroom staff feeling part of a one big family. This was about honouring those who make our bedrock clubs the community hubs they’ve always been.

Most of all, though, this was about laughter. We laughed until our jaws were sore. Ex-players digging each other up with stories from the adventures that were their career, little Strachan sending up his own love-hate relationship with Fergie, Jim Leishman wandering on from nowhere in his Provost’s chain and a Dunfermline scarf with a daft grin, milking the panto boos.

It was all, quite simply, wonderful. As MC, I’ll take responsibility for the fact it all ran an hour over schedule, yet it still seemed to fly by in a heartbeat. The kind of do where you wake yourself up chuckling in the night. If your own club doesn’t have a Hall Of Fame, you really should volunteer to start one — and it doesn’t matter whether they’ve ever produced a Scotland legend like Baxter or won a shedload of trophies. The
thing to remember is that whether you support Glasgow Rangers or Berwick Rangers, the men who pulled on that shirt through the ages are all special.

There are guys inducted on Monday night whose names wouldn’t register with anyone but the anorakiest of anoraks

outside Stark’s Park. But to those who worship there, they are heroes, legends, inspirations. To old team-

mates, they are comrades, drinking buddies, guys who share a bond that can’t be broken.

Or who led Bayern at half-time in the Olympic Stadium the next season. There are five million people in this

country, but only 20-odd can say they were part of those amazing achievements.

They were there on Monday — manager Jimmy Nicholl, striker Gordon Dalziel, midfielder Peter Hetherston,

defender Jock McStay, all much more at ease ripping each other to bits than if you’d asked them to big

themselves up. Well, apart from Dalziel, but every team needs a Shyness.

he son and daughter of 50s skipper Willie McNaught — never booked in 647 appearances — spoke proudly of their

late dad as they accepted a trophy on his behalf. The widow of all-time club record goalscorer Willie Penman

wept at the very thought that so many felt so much for her man. And we shed a wee tear with her.

Then you had the likes of big Billy and his Old Firm oppos like Stein and Johnson. None of them ever played for

Raith Rovers, but they wouldn’t have missed an occasion like this for the world.