Question and Answer: When did you start building with K'NEX?
I started building with K'NEX when I was 4 years old. I started building alien creatures out of KID K'NEX.
How did you come up with the idea for your winning model?
When I visited the K'NEX factory, I was asked if I had ever built any roller coasters. I hadn't tried to build a roller coaster yet, so the K'NEX people inspired me and I decided to build a roller coaster. First I built a small roller coaster with my brother Judd. Then I thought I could make a bigger one, so I built "The Amazing Turbo Twist" and tried new ideas as I went along.
What has been your most challenging K'NEX creation?
My most challenging K'NEX creation was "The Amazing Turbo Twist" roller coaster.
Do you have a favorite past K'NEXpert, if so who?
My favorite K'NEXpert was Ian who made the Chinese Imperial Dragon.
How many siblings do you have? What are their age(s) and gender?
Judd is my older brother and he is 10 years old.
Do they build with K'NEX too? Do you build models together?
Judd loves to build with K'NEX and makes everything you can imagine. He taught me how to build with K'NEX. He taught me how to make the chain link on the roller coaster and how support structures work. He told me to put a grey rod diagonally in every square so the support will be stronger.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides building with K'NEX)?
I like to build space ships out of LEGO and I like to play running games outside. I like baseball, soccer and riding my bike. One of my favorite things to do is whistle. I whistle all the time. I am also learning how to play the piano.
What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school is Math. I like to work with numbers.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a K'NEX designer or a teacher who gives recess all day – even for the teachers.
What has been the coolest part about being a 2011 K'NEXpert?
I think the coolest part about being a K'NEXpert is being able to visit the factory where K'NEX is made and meeting the toy designers.
What advice do you have for other kids who want to be K'NEXperts?
Keep trying out new ideas and don't stop believing in yourself and what you can do.