I recall back in the 9th grade, one of my colleagues entered in the then-named Westinghouse Science Competition had gone on to the next level with his project, which consisted of a dry cell battery (remember those?) to which he had wired a series of lights akin to those used at a drag strip and which fired off sequentially.

In my much younger days I casually followed a number of motor racing sports, so therefore, I thought his project was one of the “bossest” (the expression of the day back then) things I’d seen any of my contemporaries create with their own hands.

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