Question and Answer: When did you start building with K'NEX?
I started building with K'NEX when I was five.
What was your most challenging K'NEX creation?
The K'NEXanoid model I built for the 2010 K'NEXpert contest was the most challenging creation I have made. I knew I wanted to build a robot I could stand and walk in, but I had know idea how challenging it would be. From the start, I had to make the cube I stood on 3 times before the cube could hold my weight. I tried 5 different balls in the shooters before I found one that would work. I had to double the motors on each shooter to pull back the rods and a lot of trail and error to get the rubber band and shooters to work correctly. Later I found out the ping pong balls were to light for the sorter I designed at the top of the neck, then my mom suggested mini K'NEX and it worked. In the end I did make a robot that I could stand in, walk in, and two shooters that would shoot out 120 ping pong balls. Thanks Mom and Dad for encouraging me when I wanted to give up.
Where did you come up with the idea for your winning model?
I wanted to build something in the robot category.
Do you have a favorite past K'NEXpert, if so who?
Tim from PA is a great builder. I met Tim at the awards ceremony last year and we both love to build and have been K'NEXperts in the past.
How many siblings do you have? What are their age(s) and gender?
I have a younger sister Lanie who is eight years old.
Do they build with K'NEX too? Do you build models together?
Yes, she is a 2010 K'NEXpert winner this year. We build together sometimes. I build by myself most of the time.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides building with K'NEX)?
Baseball, video games, building with almost anything, and church.
What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subjects in school are math and science.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be an engineer and a storm chaser.
What has been the coolest part about being a 2010 K'NEXpert?
Getting free K'NEX products and prizes.