Volunteer efforts help take weight off minds at competition

Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The annual KPBSD Mind-A-Mazes competition was held Oct. 8 at Soldotna Middle School. Mind-A-Mazes is the Quest Program's annual hands-on engineering contest. This year's competition required students from grades four through 12 to design and build a device that would raise a weight 1 meter and then lower that same weight 1 meter in exactly two minutes minutes.

More than 200 students participated on teams that developed and built solutions to the problem, and then presented their devices at the competition. Congratulations to the winning teams from Nikiski North Star Elementary, Soldotna Elementary, West Homer Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Homer Middle School, Nikiski Middle-Senior High and Seward Middle School. We applaud all the student participants.

A huge thank-you goes to all of those individuals and groups that made the Mind-A-Mazes competition a success. Special thanks to Marc Berezin for sharing his talents as emcee, and for setting up the scoring database; to judges Jed Watkins, Mark Johnson, John Cook, Amber Elsey, Scott McLane, Margaret Gilman, Andy Kircher and Jake Hartman; to John Wensley for running the video camera; to Grace Merkes for registering teams; to Tish Hallet for producing the spontaneous problem and doing whatever else was needed; to Alaska Bolt and Chain for providing the weights; to everyone who volunteered as timers or helpers; and especially to Greg Reser, the rest of the custodial staff, and the administration of SMS for taking care of all of the details involved in hosting the event.

Without your generous donation of effort and time, this unique event could not take place.

Sara Hepner, Coordinator, Mind-A-Maze, And the Quest teachers of KPBSD

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