Question and Answer: Winning Model: Jupiter Explorer Truck
I started the Jupiter Explorer Truck with the base of a truck that I saw in the magazine in the K'NEX box. Then I closed my eyes and I was able to see in my brain how to build a new design. In the front I built a driller to dig holes and break rocks. On top and on the sides of the truck there are three different kind of mobile sensors, one is an X-ray sensor that you can move in different directions the other two are for sounds and temperature. I also added the neons so that the Jupiter Explorer could work in the dark and added a cone in the back to store the energy for the neons, like a power supply or something like that. I built my Jupiter Explorer in parts, I think it took me 2 days and I used 182 pieces. It was very fun to do it!
When did you start building with K'NEX?
I started with KID K'NEX when I was 5.
What was your most challenging K'NEX creation?
My Jupiter Explorer Truck, of course, because I tried to make sure every piece could move.
Where did you come up with the idea for your winning model?
First, I looked at the magazine and then I adapted the model for the truck.
Do you have a favorite past K'NEXpert, if so who?
I don't know.
How many siblings do you have? What are their age(s) and gender?
I have one sister, Cristina, age 4.
Do they build with K'NEX too? Do you build models together?
She builds with KID K'NEX but not regular K'NEX.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides building with K'NEX)?
Running, Tennis and Wii
What is your favorite subject in school?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A tennis player or a builder.
What has been the coolest part about being a 2009 K'NEXpert?
That you are only one of 10 people to get a hat, keychain, shirt, scholarship and trip to New York City.