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Students capture wind power at Mind a-Mazes

Answers blowing in the wind

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2006

 

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  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 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

Junior Division

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

Intermediate/Senior Division

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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