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JPL ANNUAL INVENTION CHALLENGE - November 30, 2007
 
 
Play a Song Contest
 
 
 
 
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The tenth annual JPL Invention challenge was held inside von Kármán Auditorium for the first year ever, due to the rain storm that arrived early Friday morning. Twenty school teams and three JPL teams vied for top honors in this year's "Play a Song" Contest. A crowd of over 300 students and JPL employees, friends, and family watched as the teams attempted to get their devices to play the C major scale and their own song.

The objective of this year's contest was to create a device that is capable of performing two tasks. The first task is to replicate a C Major scale. The second task is to play at least the first ten notes of a recognizable song of your choice in proper pitch, tempo, and meter. No electronic speakers or electronically produced or amplified sounds are permitted. Points will be awarded for overall appearance, overall creativity, task 1, and task 2 with a total possible point count of 100 points. The winner of the contest will be the person/team whose device receives the highest number of points.


Entry No.
School Name /
JPL Leader
Team Name
Regional Total Score
Appearance Points
Creativity Points
Task 1  Total Points
Task 2 Total Points
Total Points
JPL Finals Award
Arcadia High School Senioritys
70
3
10
33
0
46
Loudest
Arcadia High School The Veterans
93
8
4
0
0
12
 
Arcadia High School Random Dischord
65
7
10
31
28
76
1st - School
Monroe Magnet Middle School F.A.M.
61
2
7
0
0
9
 
Monroe Magnet Middle School FANTASTIC X
72
8
11
0
0
19
 
Costa Mesa High School Drums and Concussion
89
5
7
0
20
32
Largest
Crescenta Valley High School Falcons
73
8
7
11
13
39
Smallest
Granite Hills High School The Pioneers
33
10
10
0
28
48
Artistic
Alhambra High School Kenneth Lu
52
7
5
13
10
35
 
South Pasadena High School SPSC
65
3
9
31
13
56
 
Frazier Mountain High School PP
56
4
9
28
17
58
3rd - School & Creative
Culver City High School Team Infinity
37
1
2
0
0
3
Lightest
Artesia High School Decibels
66
5
3
0
8
16
 
Artesia High School The Procrastinators
73
3
7
13
0
23
 
Elsinore Middle School The 7 Composers
38
7
8
14
13
42
 
Monroe Magnet Middle School Athena
74
5
7
0
0
12
 
Santa Ana High School Saints
17
2
3
7
5
17
 
La Canada High Schooll (None)
92
6
13
26
27
72
2nd - School & Unusual & Heaviest
Manual Arts High School Manual Arts 1
21
7
7
8
8
30
 
Manual Arts High School Manual Arts 2
12
2
11
0
0
13
 
JPL Kristan Ellis  
5
4
8
8
25
3rd - JPL
JPL Richard Goldstein  
2
5
30
26
63
1st - JPL
JPL Gary Gary  
10
10
22
3
45
2nd - JPL

My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the teams that worked so hard to get to the finals.

A special thank you goes out to Maggie Porter, Kim Lievense and Kim's team for making the video release process as painless as possible. Because of the weather situation we did not need to worry about the badging as much, but their team was prepared for that aspect of checking-in as well. Additional thanks goes to Randii Wessen for keeping everyone entertained between performances and to Chris Landry for keeping the event moving. Grace Juong, the pianist, did an excellent job of interpreting the sheets of "music" that were given to her and I appreciate all of her and her husband's hard work in getting the keyboard set up and ready to go. The judges (Jo Stoup, Glenn Beardsley, and Dave Taylor) did an outstanding job of making sure that the scoring was fair and impartial.

The volunteers for this year's contest did an outstanding job, as always, and I wish to acknowledge their efforts.........

Name
Position
Grace Joung
Paul Woods
Jamie Piacentine
David Breda
Chris Landry
Randii Wessen
Coco Mariano
Kristen K. Sutherland
Mircea Badescu
Amy Tracy
Melissa Vick
Anthony Lopez
Jean Cheng
Christine Louie
Fabien Nicaise
Kirk Breitenbach
Dan Klein
Richard Alvidrez
Gregory Pomrehn
Lusine Margaryan
Catherine Moroney
Keith Novak
Dave Taylor
Glenn Beardsley
Jo Stoup
Michael Swanson
Keyboard artist
General Helper
Assistant to organizer
Assistant to organizer
Starter
Announcer
Check-in
Check-in
Check-in
Check-in
Timer
Timer
Timer
Recording Secretary
Field Judge 1
Field Judge 2
Field Judge 3
Set - up helper
Set - up helper
Set - up helper
Photographer
Photographer
Judge
Judge
Judge
Safety Engineer

Others that helped out this year include Jeff Laughen for providing the digital weighing scale, Mark Kennedy for videotaping the entire event, the entire Audio/Visual group for setting up von Kármán Auditorium on extremely short notice, Daryl Victor for printing some of the certificates in real time, and Rhea Borja for working with the newspaper and news crews.

I wish to provide a final well-deserved thank you to Jonathan Chan for his efforts in preparing this web page.

Planning for the 2008 Invention Challenge has already begun. See you next year!

Paul MacNeal

Contest Organizer

 
 
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