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JPL Annual Invention Challenge - 2003 Results
 
 
Welcome to the 2003 JPL Invention Challenge Results Gallery. Clicking on the titles will provide notes from each contestant about what they invented, how they made it, and lessons learned from their invention. The title for this year's contest is The Wright Turn Glider Contest. The objective for this year's contest was to create a glider that, when propelled from the officially supplied launcher, flies through the air, makes a right-hand turn, and lands onto an "X" 12.2 meters [40 feet] away. The contest winner will be the contestant whose glider's first-touch is closest to the "X".

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For the rules please Click Here! Questions related to this contest should be directed to: Paul MacNeal at: work phone (818)354-7824, FAX (818)393-1156, MS 157-500, located in Building 157-510, or e-mail to paul.d.macneal@jpl.nasa.gov
2003 Invention Challenge "Wright Turn Glider Contest"
Results
Entry Mass (grams) Length (cm) Wingspan (cm) Height (cm) Distance (1st) Time (1st) Distance (2nd) Time (2nd) Awards
1 114 65 90 13 13' 0" 1.78 9' 6" 1.82  
2 16 24 31 9 12' 0" 1.16 13' 7" 1.11 Smallest & Lightest
3 153 71.5 110 18 7' 4" 1.90 10' 4" 1.71 JPL - 2nd
5 81 53.5 44.5 10.5 15' 4" 1.58 12' 11" 1.97 Most Creative
6 231 68.5 45 15.5 24' 8" 1.22 25' 8" 1.22 Most Artistic
8 31 27.5 41 8 27' 3" 1.32 26' 1" 0.98  
9 23 33.5 44 6.5 18' 0" 1.85 12' 10" 2.49  
10 54 45.5 61.5 12 5' 1" 2.07 5' 8" 2.29 School - 3rd
11 300 87.5 135 16 18' 0" 1.47 23' 1" 0.97 Heaviest
12 52 33 43 10 11' 8" 2.13 11' 9" 1.92  
13 36 46 61.5 12 10' 10" 2.32 8'2" 2.4 JPL - 3rd
16 97 70 79 15.5 2' 9" 2.6 31' 11" 0.65 School - 2nd
19 61 51 60.5 14.5 15' 2" 2.12 8' 8" 2.07  
21 222 122 106.5 13 6' 4" 2.22 1' 9" 2.49 School - 1st
22 200 121 107 13.5 21' 1" 2.72 11' 8" 2.7 Longest Duration Aloft & Largest
23 107 58 74.5 7 12' 9" 1.18 21' 10" 0.97  
24 106 76 67 12 18' 4" 1.46 19' 6" 0.81  
25 143 51 86.5 11.5 22' 5" 1.22 21' 9" 1.3  
26 167 70 64.5 11 29' 11" 0.92 25' 6" 0.9  
28 118 65 64 13.5 27' 3" 1.1 26' 8" 0.84  
29 147 86.5 34 19 12' 1" 2.02 8' 8" 2.1  
31 204 91.5 71 1 11' 1" 2.65 11' 7" 2.45 Most Unusual
44 102 56 87 9 9' 7" 2.4 15' 0" 2.27  
50 77 51 77.5 8.5 25' 7" 1.24 18' 9" 1.78  
52 56 12 65.5 6 24' 6" 1.12 26' 1" 1.28  
53 206 17.5 138.5 4 28' 3" 1.13 23' 9" 1.23  
55 110 63 57 11 4' 6" 1.41 4' 6" 1.82 JPL - 1st
56 37 36 42.5 13 11' 3" 1.42 10' 1" 1.72  
57 42 64.5 68.5 16.0 13' 0" 1.50 13' 5" 1.60  
If you would like to borrow a copy of the video of this year's Invention Challenge event, please phone Paul MacNeal at (818)354-7824 or e-mail a request to paul.d.macneal@jpl.nasa.gov. Videotapes of earlier challenges are also available.

As organizer of this year's event, I would like to personally thank all of the volunteers who helped to make the event such a wonderful experience. We entertained more than 400 onlookers under a beautiful sky. The rules for the 2004 contest will be available at the end of August 2004.

 
 
 
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