Friday, January 25, 2013

Go-Kart Updates

It has been awhile since we posted a go-kart update; Will was struggling through his schematic drawings at the end of the calendar year, so I made him a deal. If he could persist and do some seriously awesome drawings, I would give him a huge surprise. The rules were as follows:

1. Standards for the drawings were very high. They had to be to scale and easy to understand for someone who had no idea what they were doing.

2. No guessing the surprise. Should the surprise be accidentally guessed, the surprise would immediately be taken away. Sounds harsh, but them's the rules.

3. If the schematics were not up to snuff, no surprise. Full stop. I did warn Will that if he didn't have them, or they weren't up to standard, then I would still tell him what the surprise was, and this would make him very, very sad.

This seemed to light a bit of a fire under him. In addition to finishing his schematics (it came down to the wire, and he had to re-do two of them that were shoddy and not clear), Will has been on a reading tear, finishing ten books in the last six weeks. All on his own. He has also decided to write a persuasive letter for a paint job on his go-kart.

So what was the surprise?

A go-kart kit!! Same basic design and all the parts.

All he needs is an engine, which he has started looking around for and for which may design a fundraiser. The other students at HoneyFern are trying to convince him to paint it himself, but he wants a professional job. If his persuasive letter doesn't work, I will be posting painting pictures soon!

Go, Will, GO!


  1. I actually think Will should paint it himself as well. It will be a great tool to have as I am sure he will either use high gloss spray paints (which themselves can be frustrating) or an inexpensive spray gun (which is a great tool to have in your "future jobs" toolbox.

    1. I agree, and so we have compromised: in his persuasive letter, he has indicated that he would like to learn how to do it and help, so now there is the possibility of being trained by a professional. I like that kind of compromise!!!