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Friday, October 24, 2014

Help Santa finish his deliveries. - Tracy Tam: Santa Command by Krystalyn Drown

Published: October 22nd, 2014


Tracy doesn’t believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and  And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn’t believe exists.

Character Profile: Tracy Tam (with pic if avail) 

Through a little sleuthing of my own, I was able to locate Tracy's original application for the Florida state science fair. Though never submitted, it details her plans for that fateful Christmas Eve when everything went wrong. 

Florida State Science Fair Application 

Name: Tracy Tam 
Grade: 5th 
Title of project: The Science Behind Santa 
School: Osceola School of Arts and Sciences 

This year's laboratory experiment/data collection 

- Start date: 12/24/14 
- End date: 12/25/14 

Where will you conduct your experimentation? Field, Home, School science lab 
List name and address of all non-school work sites: Santa's house - North Pole, Santa's sleigh – world wide 
Research plan/Project Summary 
a. Rationale for your project: Magic doesn't exist. Go to the magic section of any bookstore and you can find out the science behind magic tricks. Therefore, Santa's magic does not exist. 
b. State your hypothesis and expected outcomes: Santa uses science to deliver all of his presents on Christmas Eve. He uses high levels of technology that once revealed will benefit many areas of science research and study. 
c. Procedures: Climb aboard Santa's sleigh and follow him during his deliveries. Document the night using video and still footage. Collect hair and material samples to be studied later under microscope. Travel to the North Pole to observe Santa's workshop. 
d. Risk and safety: None. I will be with Santa all night. 
e. Data analysis: All materials will be brought back to either my house or the school science lab for full analysis including DNA testing. It is my goal to prove once and for all that magic does not exist. Even Santa needs a helping hand. 
After the events of Christmas Eve, Tracy decided to change her science project, giving no explanation why. This year, she will be experimenting on the effects of music on plants. 

About the author:
Krystalyn spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there. Her various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author. Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.

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