‘A-Mazing’ effort solve problems

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006

The KPBSD Mind a-Mazes competition was held at Soldotna Middle School on Nov. 11. This problem solving event, sponsored by the Quest Program, included over 200 students from around the peninsula. Student teams spent the day demonstrating their long-term solutions to the challenge of designing and creating a device that used wind power from a fan to travel the farthest distance from a starting point while carrying a 1.25 ounce steel weight.

Students also worked on a spontaneous problem in which they had eight minutes to build a jump rope out of assembled materials and then use it in a jump rope competition. These events would not have occurred without the help of our “A-Mazing” volunteers.

Special thanks to the following volunteers who helped with planning, set-up and the activities of the day: Emcee, Marc Berezin; scoring, Leslie Morton; organization/set-up, Tish Hallet, Sara Hepner, Chris Page-O’Connell, Cathleen Rolph, Bobbie Baldwin, Debbie Page-O’Connell and Brian Bailey; registration and check-in, Sheri Perkins, Suzanne Haines, Debbie Boyle and Michelle Steinbeck; judge’s training, Brian Bailey and Debbie Page-O’Connell; judges, Suzanne Mathews, Laura Sievert, Karen Weston, Marc Johnson, Debbie Stewart, Marietta Newgren, Tony Lewis, Chris Holmes, John Cook, Sheila Garrant, Amber Elsey, John Devolld, Brad Denesen and Dusty Ward.

Thanks also to Keith at Trustworthy Hardware for supplying us with the fans for the competition; to Alaska Bolt and Chain for providing us with the steel weights for practice and competition; and to Sharon Moock and the custodial staff (Larry, Greg and Troy) at Soldotna Middle School for their assistance and support.

Finally, congratulations to all the A-Mazing students, coaches and parents who took on the Mind a-Mazes challenge this year. We hope to see you all again next year.

Gail Moore


Mind a-Mazes 2006

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