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JPL Annual Invention Challenge - 2005 Results
 
 
Welcome to the 2005 JPL Invention Challenge Results Gallery. The contest was held at JPL on December 2, 2005 under rainy skies. This year, the contest objective was to "Create a device that utilizes at least three different sequential and dependent actions from three different energy categories that will ultimately light an officially supplied wooden stick match exactly twenty (20) seconds after starting the device. The winner of the contest will be the person whose device accumulates the highest point total as outlined in the rules that follow."

We gratefully acknowledge the efforts put forth by the student teams.
- Academy for Academic Excellence/Knights
- Alhambra High School
- Alhambra High School
- Arcadia High School/AV#2
- Arcadia High School/AV#3
- Artesia High School/Artesia 1
- Artesia High School/Artesia 2
- Artesia High School/Artesia 3
- Chaminade Middle School/Chaminade Eagles 1
- Chaminade Middle School/Chaminade Eagles 2
- Chaminade Middle School/Chaminade Eagles 3
- Costa Mesa High School/Pull My Finger
- Costa Mesa High School/The Plumbers
- Crescenta Valley High School/Constructive Chaos
- Culver City High School/Centaurs
- Dana Middle School/Deadly Match Society
- Frazier Mountain High School/Falcons
- Gabrielino High School/Aaron/Joseph/Andrew
- Granite Hills High School/Birds
- Granite Hills High School/Dihedron
- Jordan High School/The Destroyers
- La Canada High School/Disciples of Babylon
- Ollivier Middle School/The Splits
- Polytechnic School/The Oddballs
- Valley High School Inferno's

For the rules please Click Here!
For a photo gallery of the 2005 event, Click Here!

Questions related to this contest should be directed to: Paul MacNeal at work phone (818)354-7824, FAX (818)393-5239, M/S 301-486, located in Building 301-475SS, or e-mail to paul.d.macneal@jpl.nasa.gov.

2005 Invention Challenge "Strike a Match Contest"

List of School Participants
Entry School/Team Name Points Time (seconds) Device Name Award(s)
6 Frazier Mountain HS 89 22.52 Falcons ---
7 Granite Hills HS 73 21.69 Birds --
8 Granite Hills HS/Dihedron 94 20.47 Dihedron 3rd place
12 Artesia HS/1 70 16.46 --- ---
13 Artesia HS/2 50 29.92 --- ---
14 Artesia HS 27 x Artesia 3 Lightest; smallest
16 Knights 90 90 20.50 Knights ---
18 Costa Mesa HS 1 93 20.37 Pull My Finger ---
19 Costa Mesa HS 2 44 14.67 The Plumbers heaviest
20 Crescenta HS 94 19.99 Constructive Chaos 3rd place
23 Jordan HS 96 20.5 most artistic 2nd place
24 Alhambra HS 85 21.28 --- ---
25 Alhambra HS 64 23.14 --- ---
29 Polytechnic HS 85 22.12 The Oddballs ---
30 Chaminade MS 74 18.86 Eagles 1 ---
31 Chaminade MS 43 X Eagles 2 ---
32 Chaminade MS 72 24.12 Eagles 3 ---
33 Culver City HS 79 23.42 Centaurs ---
36 La Canada HS 98 20.39 largest; creative 1st place
37 Gabrielino HS 91 20.52 Aaron/Joseph/Andrew --
41 Ollivier MS 52 27.10 The Splits ---
44 Valley HS 88 20.13 Inferno's ---
48 Dana MS 83 21.61 Deadly Match Society --
50 Arcadia HS 82 19.11 Av#2 ---
51 Arcadia HS 55 25.17 AV#3 ---


List of JPL Participants
Entry Team Name Points Time (seconds) Device Name Award(s)
2 Richard Goldstein 96 19.85 Rube Goldstein JPL - 1st
5 Audrey Doran 82 23.82 Li'l Stinker 6 3rd place
10 Kristan Ellis 81 21.57 Match Strike ---
55 Cleary Wong 54 --- Driving Fire ---
56 Cleary Wong 18 --- Swing It ---
57 Cleary Wong 43 --- Drop It! ---
58 Elsinore MS 94 19.06 Firebolts 2nd place
59 Elsinore MS 82 21.48 Santa's 3rd place
General -- -- -- -- --


If you would like to borrow a copy of the DVD for this year's Invention Challenge event, please contact Paul MacNeal as mentioned above.

As organizer of this year's event, I would like to personally thank all of the volunteers who helped to make this event such a great experience. Despite rainy conditions, the contest was run smoothly and finished nearly on time. More than 250 students, teachers, and parents joined over 200 JPL employees to watch the contest. There were two large flat screen monitors that were showing a live feed of the contest under tents provided by Kim Lievense. I wish to thank Steve Bridges for providing the real time editing to show the contest. Thanks also go to Martin Perez for preparing and organizing the results page for the Invention Challenge. A special thanks goes to Randii Wessen for entertaining the crowd for nearly 2 hours and letting the students describe their own inventions.

Plans are underway for the 2006 contest. The rules for the 2006 contest will be available in mid_August 2006. To be added to the Official Invention Challenge mailing list, please send an e-mail to paul.d.macneal@jpl.nasa.gov.

Volunteer (Position)
Paul MacNeal (Organizer)

Carlos Brinoccoli (Set - up helper)
Chris Landry (Starter)
Christine Johnson (Recording Secretary)
Coco Mariano (Check-in)
Daryl Victor (Set - up helper)
Dave Taylor (Judge)
David Tseng (Assistant to field judge)
Dominick Miller (Photographer)
Erik L. Thiesmeyer (Photographer)
Fabien Nicaise (Field Judge 2)
Glenn Beardsley (Judge)
Ian Crossfield (Recording Secretary)
Jason Palmer (Safety Engineer)
Jean Cheng (Check-in)
Jess Soler (Photographer)
John Handy (Judge)
Julian Yee (Assistant to field judge)
Karen Bermeo-Beas (Check-in)
Kathy Kipfstuhl (Assistant to organizer)
Kirk Breitenbach (Timer)
Laura Needels (Timer)
Lisa Priester (Set - up helper)
Mark Kennedy (Official Videographer)
Michael Swanson (Safety Engineer)
Randii Wessen (Announcer)
Rich Alvidrez (Field Judge 1)
Rita Torres (Assistant to organizer)
Ryan C Woolley (Timer)

 
 
 
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