The sun made an appearance just in time on June 14 for the Camden-Rockport Middle School’s eighth-graders sculpture race.

Youth Arts, a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose goal is to expose the entire school community and students to a variety of dynamic arts experiences. For more than forty years Youth Arts has sponsored in-school residencies and hosted free public performances for CRMS as well as the Five Town CSD.

This year, Youth Arts sponsored an in-school artist, Kim Bernard. Each student used an object such as chairs with wheels, bikes, and wheelbarrows to build their sculpture that would eventually make its way up the hill. The materials were all donated by various community members, and to make it fair the students were given a balloon to pop with a number in it that corresponded to a set of wheels. All of the students who are not competing in The Rockland Sculpture Race on August 11th, that is organized by Kim Bernard, will recycle whatever materials from their sculpture they can. For more information on the race visit  http://www.rocklandsculpturerace.org.

Kim Bernard worked with art teacher Kristen Andersen from May 18 until they raced, to actually construct the art-piece of the sculptures, but there were a lot of other aspects that went into the construction, that took place in the students' other classes.

To start, the kids were put in groups based on personality tests they completed in FCS (Family and Consumer Sciences), with Susan Burwell. In science, with Josh Toothaker, the students used mathematics and measurements to calculate and make diagrams to predict what speed their sculpture would actually travel through space. Making these sculptures on a large scale gave the students a hands-on experience with Newton’s first, second, and third laws. After the sculptures' shapes were complete, the students worked in math with Jacob Eichenlaub to calculate volume and surface area of their sculptures.

Overall, this was a combined effort between students, Youth Arts, and teachers. for this residency and event to go well.

Ian McKenzie was the “MC” of the event and played upbeat music through the event as he read off the very “punny” introductions the students wrote about their sculptures. As the students raced, he took a very sports announcer-like position, announcing second by second who was in the lead, and when a sculpture didn’t quite make it up the hill before it fell apart.

At the end of the event, two sculpture-race alumni Caroline Contento and Anya Babb-Brott were the judges who decided the winners, based on design and ingenuity.

The rest of the middle-schoolers were all given Popsicles, and told to put their Popsicle sticks into a brown paper bag for whichever sculpture they liked the best, to decide “crowd favorite."

The Design Award went to Rub-A-Dub-Dub; the Ingenuity Award went to the Patty Wagon; the Collaboration Award, decided by the teachers, went to Explore France; the Fastest Sculpture award went to Base Drop and lastly, the Student Choice Award went to Jurassic Park.

All of the students, including the non-eighth-graders, seemed to enjoy the event, and it seems like this will continue to be an overall crowd favorite, for not only students but for the public, teachers, and parents as well.