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2013 K'NEXpert Classroom Challenge
Are your students up for the challenge?
Bring the excitement of hands-on learning to your classroom with the 2013 K'NEXpert Classroom Challenge. STEM based challenges require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math knowledge and then design and build models for their grade level category.
The K'NEXpert Classroom Challenge...
Fun Educational Prizes...
Each 2013 K'NEXpert Classroom Challenge Award Winner will receive:
Students build an original K'NEX model that qualifies in the appropriate Building Challenge Category listed below
The Farm (Grades 1 & 2)
Farms are exciting places! Your challenge is to build a farm using K'NEX pieces. Include animals, people, tractors and other farm equipment, buildings, fences, crops… anything you like! Your farm can be ultra-modern, or if you prefer, a farm as it would have appeared 100 years ago. Let your creativity be your guide.
If you do not live on or near a farm, why not look in books or on the internet to find out more about farms and farm equipment before you start building?
Complete the following and submit them with up to 6 digital photos of your farm:
The Water wheel (Grades 3 & 4)
Before the industrial revolution, all machinery was driven by hand, by animal power, by wind power, or by water power. A stream would be diverted so that the water pushed paddles on a water wheel, which then drove machinery via axles, gears, or other simple machines.
Your challenge is to build a water wheel, using K'NEX pieces, which uses water to drive a hammer or some other useful device. If you do not have any of the special K'NEX gear wheels, do not worry – you can make your own gear wheels by attached eight short green rods onto a white connector.
Complete the following and submit them with up to 6 digital photos of your water powered device.
The Mountain Climber (Grades 5 & 6)
Cable cars, also known as aerial tramways, have been used around the world for hundreds of years, to carry tourists and skiers to the tops of mountains. Your challenge is to design and build a cable car system with K'NEX pieces. The cable car must carry passengers up a cable that is 3 meters long or more, at an angle of at least 30 degrees. You can use a ball of string in addition to your K'NEX pieces, and a K'NEX motor would be useful, but is not essential.
Ideally, your cable car should be able to seat at least 6 passengers protected from the weather, and should dock inside a K'NEX cable car station at the top and bottom of the slope. You can have two members of your team hold the stations in place to keep the stations from moving while the cable car is moving.
Complete the following and submit them with up to 6 digital photos of your cable car system:
Olympic Stadium (Grades 7 to 9)
New Category for Grades 7 – 9!
You have been asked to enter an engineering competition to design the main athletics stadium for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Your design will take the form of a K'NEX model of the stadium you propose, to a scale of 1/200th or larger. (This means that the size of the athletics field inside your stadium model must be at least 90 cm by 40 cm). To enable athletics events to continue in the rain, your stadium must also have a roof which can be opened and closed.
The judges of this engineering competition are seeking an innovative, eye-catching design, which will also be quick to build and relatively low cost.
Complete the following and submit them with up to 6 digital photos of your stadium and roof mechanism:
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