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JPL Annual Invention Challenge - 2004 Results
 
 
Welcome to the 2004 JPL Invention Challenge Results Gallery. Clicking on the entry numbers 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 Bowling Ball Drop Contest. The objective of this year's contest was to create a device that moves an officially supplied 10-pound [4.5 kg] bowling ball from a 1.5-meter tall platform into a spring-loaded pan. The bowling ball must not crack, or in any other way, damage a raw egg that lies only 2 centimeters underneath the pan. The winner would be the contestant whose device accomplishes this task in the fastest time.

We gratefully acknowledge the efforts put forth by the student teams.
- Academy for Academic Excellence
- Alhambra High School
- Arcadia High School
- Artesia High School
- Belmont High School
- California Academy of Math and Science
- Costa Mesa High School
- Culver City High School
- Crescenta Valley High School
- Gabrielino High School
- La Canada High School
- Los Altos High School
- Manual Arts High School
- Polytechnic School
- Saddleback High School
- South Gate High School

For the rules please Click Here!
For a photo gallery of the 2004 event, 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.

2004 Invention Challenge "Bowling Ball Drop Contest"

List of Participants
Entry Mass (pounds) Length (inches) Width (inches) Height (inches) Time (seconds) Comments Award(s)
1 70 36 21 60 DQ ball stuck  
2 97 116 56 82 0.90   JPL - 2nd
3 83 102 36 74 DQ ball stuck  
4 55 48 15 60 1.77   Most Unusual
5 93 67 27 89 1.20   JPL - 3rd
7 229 79 15 67 DQ did not start  
8 60 40 12 75 3.00    
9 163 104 37 70 1.53   Student - 1st; Largest
10 43 40 66 15 1.80   Student - 2nd
11 54 73 15 74 DQ (2.20) egg broke  
12 52 72 15 73 DQ (1.75) pushed with human power  
13 68 68 20 66 DQ ball stuck  
14 105 28 20 60 DQ pan tipped  
15 150 52 12 76 DQ ball stuck  
16 170 104 30 68 2.25   Student -3rd; Most Creative
17 50 68 30 67 4.70    
18 49 91 15 74 2.99    
19 44 47 22 25 3.70    
20 25 40 22 61 DQ ball stuck Lightest
21 61 74 21 65 DQ (3.15) pushed with human power, didn't stay in pan  
22 68 40 19 79 DQ did not hit pan  
23 105 39 13 94 DQ did not start  
24 174 62 15 65 3.27    
25 54 44 12 76 DQ cracked egg, pan tipped  
26 155 61 25 65 DQ ball stuck  
27 39 39 11 59 DQ did not hit pan Smallest
29 48 86 36 70 DQ did not hit pan  
30 --- --- --- --- 2.20   Student - 3rd
31 71 48 20 85 2.25    
32 27 60 19 69 DQ ball stuck  
33 30 63 24 68 3.10   Most Artistic
34 403 103 29 82 0.73   JPL - 1st; Heaviest
36 137 60 29 81 DQ rolled out  
37 124 87 45 67 DQ ball stuck  
38 119 70 39 66 DQ ball stuck  
39 30 23 23 86 2.90    


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. A special thanks goes out to Randii Wessen for entertaining the crowd for nearly 1-1/2 hours. Plans for next year's event are already underway. The rules for the 2005 contest will be available at the end of August 2005.

Volunteer (Position)
Paul MacNeal (Organizer)
Alfonso Feria (Assitant to organizer)
Chris Landry (Referee)
Charlotte Breese (Assistant to referee)
Nancy Vandermey (Assistant to referee)
Randii Wessen (Announcer)
Coco Mariano (Check-in)
Carol Wong (Check-in)
Ken Hurst (Check-in)
Curt A Henry (Timer)
Kirk Breitenbach (Timer)
Laura M. McCullough (Timer)
Ian Crossfield (Recording Secretary)
Laura Needels (Recording Secretary)
Louise Hamlin (Area Monitor)
Fabien Nicaise (Area Monitor)
Greg Pomrehn (Set - up helper)
Richard Alvidrez (Set - up helper)
Shoumini Jeyarajah (Set - up helper)
Homer Hummel (Clean-up)
Charlotte Collins (Videographer)
Keith S. Novak (Videographer)
Dominick Miller (Photographer)
Kristan Ellis (Photographer)
Carol Lachata (Official Photographer)
Dave Taylor (Judge)
Glenn Beardsley (Judge)


 
 
 
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