JPL ANNUAL INVENTION CHALLENGE - 2013
Hole in One Contest

Event photos

To all school teams, JPL Teams, and Volunteers-

On a chilly and sunny day, the 2013 JPL Invention Challenge was held last Friday on the 180 Mall with more than 250 spectators and participants. This year's contest objective was to create a device that can propel and/or move a golf ball into a target whose center is located 1.5 meters away from the device. Only one attempt is allowed. The team that completes the task in the fastest time will be the winning team.

A total of 19 school teams and 10 JPL teams came up with different ways to accomplish this task. The energy sources were varied such as surgical tubing, compression springs, and gravity. This year's challenge was very difficult with only 11 of the 29 teams completing the task. The results are shown below for each team.

It was a difficult challenge because of the size of the target and the need for speed. Extreme accuracy was required just to get the ball into the target. My congratulations go out to everyone who worked on this challenging problem.

Entry No. School/JPL Employee Time (seconds) Comments
030 Alexander Hamilton High School 0.60 1st Place - Students
107 Alan DeVault (Scott Nolte) 0.62 1st Place - JPL
017 Los Angeles County HS for the Arts 0.76 2nd Place - Students
101 Richard Goldstein 0.83 2nd Place - JPL
035 Culver City High School 1.01 3rd Place - Students and Largest Entry
071 Fountain Valley High School 1.15  
050 Crescenta Valley High School 1.37 Heaviest Entry
029 Pacific Technology School 1.38 Most Creative Entry
108 Turkish Team 1.50 3rd Place - JPL
105 Paul Backes 1.56 Most Unusual Entry
103 Jon Nelson 3.59  
066 Los Angeles Senior High DQ  
010 Temple City High School INC  
106 Kristan Ellis INC  
004 Arcadia High School INC Smallest Entry
005 Muskwa Club INC  
073 San Marcos High School INC  
057 South Pasadena High School INC Most Artistic Entry
044 University High School INC  
040 Granite Hills High School INC  
037 Culver City High School INC  
038 Granite Hills High School INC  
015 Glendale High School INC  
113 Don Potter INC  
110 Erik Hovlund INC Lightest Entry
112 Don Potter INC  
020 Diamond Bar High School INC  
031 Alexander Hamilton High School INC  
109 Tom Roberts INC  
111 Kristan Ellis Withdrew  

In January, a series of photographs will be posted on the site, and a few DVD copies of the video may be made available.

I wish to thank all of the volunteers (listed below) that put on the show. Without their help, the event would not have been possible. A special thanks goes out to Kim Lievense and her Public Services team, headed by Roni Dash, for collecting the entry forms and video release forms and processing more than 200 student badges for all of the student teams. I also wish to acknowledge the talented work performed by Robert Denise for being the master of ceremonies during the contest.

Name: Position:
Joan Stupik General Helper
David Breda Assistant to organizer
Ashley Chandler Recording Secretary
Sherry Stukes Recording Secretary
Chris Landry Referee
Robert Denise Announcer
Lyn Repath-Martos Check-in
Mar Vaquero Check-in
Hared Ochoa Check-in
Ingrid Beerer Check-in
T Nilawat Safety
Ezra Abrahamy Safety
Kristen MacNeal Timer - lead
Megan Fazio Timer
Matt Scholz Timer
Martin Michalik Timer
Mike Malaska Timer
Fabien Nicaise Field Judge
Johannes Gross Field Judge
John Segui Area Patroller
Nitin Arora Area Patroller
Aline Zimmer Area Patroller
Mike Malaska Set - up helper
Jennifer Lee Set - up helper
Joseph Joe Set - up helper
Kristian Grayson Set - up helper
Shannon Vaughn Clean-up helper
Amelia Quon Photographer
Bryan Johnson Photographer
Fred Calef Photographer
David Tseng Videographer
Jose Pi Videographer - shorts
Ara Kourchians Judge
Pamela Huntoon Judge
Eamon Doyle Judge

I look forward to next year's contest which will be completely different than this year's contest.

-Paul MacNeal
Contest Organizer