19 February 2010
Posted in Press and Media
123 Area Students Create Kinetic Sculptures From Discarded Junk During the Orlando Science Center Kinetic Challenge
February 20, 2010 - Competition runs from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Award Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
Orlando, FL - Motivating students to stretch the capacity of their unlimited imaginations, the Orlando Science Center challenged students to transform ordinary and found objects into artistic kinetic sculptures. More than 120 students in 30 teams from six schools in Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Polk counties will display their movable works of art on Saturday, February 20 during the Orlando Science Center Kinetic Challenge.
Students in grades 5th to 9th were asked to create unusual sculptures and wacky inventions using combinations of movable parts, everyday objects, and independent sources of energy. The competition requirements incorporate the Florida Sunshine State Standards for Science. The Orlando Science Center Kinetic Challenge is presented by The Stephen H. Goldman Foundation, Inc.
Teams used objects found, donated, or purchased for less than $100 dollars in the engineering and construction of their sculptures. The competition begins with set-up in the Science Center's clubhouse area on level 1 with safety inspections from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.. Project judging begins at 10 a.m. and ends by 12 p.m. An awards ceremony follows in the Science Center's Darden Theater on level 2. Awards will be given based on the complexity of motion, best use of found materials, mechanical innovation, and artistic expression. "Best in Fair" Winners take home a $500 grand prize for their science class and winners in other categories take home $100.
Competitors this year include a team from Hillcrest Elementary that built a solar model car powered by an electric lamp. The car runs down a road made out of poster board and construction paper. When the car rolls over some “logs” in its path, the impact triggers a spring that propels a needle into a balloon full of confetti. Chaos, and an explosion of multi-colored paper, ensues. An entry from Good Shepherd Catholic School uses a golf ball, a marble, a series of dominos, a small electrical fan and a toy car to simulate the time-traveling DeLorean from the movie Back to the Future.