Question and Answer: When did you start building with K'NEX?
When I was 3 years old my grandfather gave me a KID K'NEX set, and that was when I started building with K'NEX.
How did you come up with the idea for your winning model?
I like dinosaurs and K'NEX, so I decided to make a group of dinosaurs out of K'NEX. I chose four dinosaurs that were my favorite and represented different types of dinosaur species. Diplodocus and Triceratops are the herbivores (plant eaters), Velociraptor is a carnivore (meat eater), and Pteranodon which is really a pterosaur (dinosaur's cousin) and is a fish eater.
What has been your most challenging K'NEX creation?
"Dinosaurs Together". I had to figure out how to keep the neck of Diplodocus leaning forward without falling off. Also, it was hard to make Velociraptor stand. I also had trouble keeping Triceratops head from falling and making his tail wag. It was also challenging to get them to look like the ones in the pictures of my dinosaur books.
Do you have a favorite past K'NEXpert, if so who?
I like all of them, but I really like the big boat made by K'NEXpert Tim in 2008.
How many siblings do you have? What are their age(s) and gender?
I have one sister, Jessica, and she is 4 years old.
Do they build with K'NEX too? Do you build models together?
Jessica just started building with K'NEX. I am building together with her to help her get more familiar with different K'NEX pieces.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides building with K'NEX)?
Playing outside, basketball, and playing piano
What is your favorite subject in school?
Integrated Curriculum, especially science.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Scientist, like a Paleontologist
What has been the coolest part about being a 2011 K'NEXpert?
Being invited to tour the K'NEX factory.
What advice do you have for other kids who want to be K'NEXperts?
Work hard and if it does not come together right away DO NOT GIVE UP. I had a real hard time with the head and neck falling off the body of the Diplodocus, but I kept at it until I got it to stay without falling.