Question and Answer: Winning Model: Solomon's Solar System Model
I got the idea for my model after reading about the Solar System and thinking that it would be a good idea to use different K'NEX parts to display the Solar System. It took me about two hours to build the model using parts from my Micro K'NEX, K'NEX Bricks, Light-Ups and Gear Action. I attached a motor to make the planets revolve around the sun. The light-up rods around the Sun show how bright the Sun can be. I used my Micro K'NEX to build the Asteroid Belt and Earth's Moon. It was difficult finding a way to build the rings around Saturn and Uranus. I got the idea to use flexible rods for the rings. I used my K'NEX blocks to build a viewing platform complete with telescope. My K'NEX chain links made an escalator so that people could ride up to the viewing platform.
When did you start building with K'NEX?
I started building with K'NEX when I was 3 years old
What was your most challenging K'NEX creation?
My Roller Coaster because I did not have any instructions
Where did you come up with the idea for your winning model?
I read a book called Magic School Bus goes through the Solar System and that inspired me to build a model of the Solar System
Do you have a favorite past K'NEXpert, if so who?
Yes, Stephen who built 10-G
How many siblings do you have? What are their age(s) and gender?
I don't have any siblings.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides building with K'NEX)?
Karate and reading
What is your favorite subject in school?
Math and science
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What has been the coolest part about being a 2009 K'NEXpert?
Getting to be on the K'NEX website and everyone can see what I build