Name: Alex

State: ON

Age: 8

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Question and Answer:

When did you start building with K'NEX?
I started building with K'NEX when I was 5 years old.

How did you come up with the idea for your winning model?
I saw lots of cranes in town when I was thinking about what my model would be. I thought a mighty machine would be very cool.

What has been your most challenging K'NEX creation?
My most challenging K'NEX creation was my crane. Because the jib was quite long and the motor controlling the jib rotated rather fast, I had to try several ways to balance the jib and to put together interlocking gears to reduce the motor speed before I completed the final design.

Do you have a favorite past K'NEXpert? If so, who?
Yes, my favorite past K'NEXpert is Ian for 2010. I met him in person and his dragon was very complex and attractive.

How many siblings do you have? What are their age(s) and gender(s)?
I have one brother. He is 6 years old.

Do they build with K'NEX too? Do you build models together?
He surely does. Yes, we sometimes build animals and planes then play with them together.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides building with K'NEX)?
I like collecting rocks of all kinds. I also like reading, biking, playing piano, and playing basketball and tag with friends.

What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is math.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a teacher when I grow up. What is the coolest part about being a 2012 K'NEXpert?I get to visit the K'NEX headquarter and factory. What advice do you have for other kids who want to be K'NEXperts?Come up with unique ideas and make your model attractive.