Students tackle design, function problems

Amazing activity

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

The 2002-03 Mind-A-Mazes Competition was held at Soldotna Middle School Oct. 12, with 53 teams, including 28 junior teams and 25 middle school teams, participating.

The long-term problem was to build a catapult that students could calibrate, then throw a hollow ball into a trash can at specified distances, from 4 to 8 meters.

The spontaneous problem was to build a machine that could travel down a ramp for the longest distance using a specific set of objects.

Judges' choice winners also were selected based on creativity and aesthetic appeal of design.

Teachers Tish Hallett and Kristin Cannava put together the competition, and Marc Berezin served as emcee.

Winning teams were as follows:

Spontaneous winners: Nikolaevsk America, junior, first; West Homer Killer Whales, junior, second; Redoubt Medi-eval Siege Engineers, junior, third; Soldotna Middle Farmers, middle, first; Nikiski Middle CEDIR, middle, second; and Seward Middle Pusil-lanimous and Soldotna Middle Biker Babes, middle, tied for third.

Long-term winners: Fireweed Team Powerhouse, junior, first; Soldotna Elemen-tary Dragons, junior, second; Redoubt Medieval Siege Engineers, junior, third; Soldotna Middle Spooners, middle, first; Kenai Middle Security Force, middle, second; and Soldotna Middle Farmers, middle, third.

Judges' Choice winners: Soldotna Middle Tom Wyatt Experience Featuring J, Soldotna Middle Flame Flingers, Soldotna Middle Miscellaneous, West Homer Thing A Ma Jigs, Fireweed Team Powerhouse, and Soldotna Elementary Return of the No Names.

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