Student Teams Create Quirky Moving Sculptures with Found Objects

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Competition from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

ORLANDO, FLFebruary 10, 2012 – The Orlando Science Center hosts the Kinetic Challenge on Saturday, February 18 - a science competition geared toward 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders in eight Central Florida counties. Kinetic Challenge allows students to use their creativity and science knowledge to win money for their science class or club. View the entries from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Science Center’s clubhouse on level 1 (across from the Dr. Phillips CineDome). The awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. will be held in the Science Center’s Darden Theater on level 2 and is open to the public.

Projects at the Kinetic Challenge resemble those made famous by American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg. Machines are assembled using household, store-bought and found items and are designed to perform a simple task in complex fashion. By utilizing kinetic energy, a single action sets events in motion that result in a domino effect. Kinetic sculptures must include movable parts powered by an independent energy source and be no larger than three feet wide by six feet wide by eight feet high.

Past projects included a Barbie in a hamster wheel that generated electricity and a toy car used to raise an American flag. The competition fosters teamwork and hands-on learning while motivating students to stretch the capacity of their imaginations by transforming ordinary and found objects into a kinetic sculpture. Kinetic Challenge focuses on Florida Sunshine State Standards for Science including energy, force and motion, and the nature of science. The event is sponsored by the Stephen H. Goldman Foundation, Inc.

Awards will be given based on the complexity of motion, best use of found materials, mechanical innovation and artistic expression. Best in Fair winners receive a $500 prize for their school and a trophy. Prizes of $250 are also awarded to Most Artistic and Most Scientific and to the winning school’s sponsoring teacher. The competition is open to student teams from schools that reside in Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole or Volusia counties.

Support Kinetic Challenge participants by viewing their entries or attending the awards ceremony. Check out the competition as part of your general admission to the Science Center, which is $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). Entrance also includes access to all of the Science Center’s activities, exhibits and giant screen films. For more information on the Kinetic Challenge or the Orlando Science Center, please call 407.514.2112.

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