December 10, 2012
Top Honors Won By Students’ Toss At JPL Competition
Monroe Magnet Middle School, Inglewood, Calif., claimed victory at the annual Invention Challenge, held today at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
A total of 20 student teams competed along with 8 teams made up of JPL engineers and scientists. The winning JPL team was led by Richard Goldstein.
The requirements for this year's competition were that the devices had to be initiated by a single operation (cut a string, flick a switch, etc.), use safe energy sources, and be no taller than 2.5 meters (about 8 feet) and no wider than 2 meters (about 6.5 feet). The devices had to be made from non-toxic and safe materials.
The rules for the Invention Challenge change each year, but the goal is the same: to give students a better appreciation that math, science and engineering can be fun.
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