Students assemble jump rope from a bag of found materials during the spontaneous problem portion of the Mind a-Mazes competition on Nov. 11 at Soldotna Middle School.
Photo courtesy of Brian Bailey
Students around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are full of hot air or more specifically, have found ways to harness the power of moving air and they’re proud of it.
The district Mind a-Mazes competition was staged on Nov. 11 at Soldotna Middle School, and the theme for this year was “Long-winded Gizmo.” Student teams were challenged to create a device that would utilize wind power to travel the greatest distance possible while carrying a 1.25-ounce hex nut, with accuracy points awarded for devices that stay in a 4-foot-wide lane. Wind power was generated by a large box fan set on “high.”
Devices were created over the course of three to four weeks using a variety of found materials. Teams were limited to spending $10 for supplies such as wood, screws, glue and duct tape.
The competition concluded with a spontaneous problem for teams to solve. Teams were given a brown paper bag of materials and were challenged to make a jump rope, with points given for length and functionality.
Devices designed to harness wind power are lined up for the competition.
Photo courtesy Brian Bailey
Mind a-Mazes 2006 Results
First place: West Homer “Geniuses With a Capital J,” Zack Stephens, Ethan Kizzia, Carson Duggar, Connor McCarron, Sam Reinert and coach Kim Duggar; Second place: Soldotna Montessori “Millprosails,” Juliet Bramante, Kaitlin Steinbeck, Courtney Stroh and coaches Gary Stroh and John Bramante; Third place: Soldotna Montessori “JCSL,” John Pelletier, Carolyn Sisson, Sydney Zoubek, Leah Reed and coach John Devolld. Judge’s Choice: Soldotna Montessori “My Documents,” Kelty Fair, Kade Cooper, Mariah Letzring, Danny Schaeffer and coach John Devolld. Spontaneous Problem Award: Moose Pass “Rolling Minds,” Lindsey Kromrey, Gretchen Lindquest, Michael Marks, Jaz Odhner and coach Agusta Lind.
Judges confer at the starting line.
Photo courtesy Brian Bailey
First place: Homer Middle “Homer Middle Team A,” Aviva Hirsch, McKenzie Parker, Marie Schmidt, Kristen Faulkner and coach Tara Schmidt; Second place: Homer Middle “The Feebles,” Austin Brown, Kate Spence, Donna McNulty, Eric Schallock and coach Eric Brown; Third place: Seward Middle “The Broken Records,” Brett Chase, Austin Gillespie, MacKenzie Barnwell, Amanda Olsen and coach Agusta Lind; Judge’s Choice: Seward Middle “The Broken Records,” Brett Chase, Austin Gillespie, MacKenzie Barnwell, Amanda Olsen and coach Agusta Lind; Spontaneous Problem Award: Homer Middle “The Feebles,” Austin Brown, Kate Spence, Donna McNulty, Eric Schallock and coach Eric Brown.
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