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Middle and high school students on the Ethiopia Freefall team traveled almost 19 hours from Ethiopia to compete in JPL's Annual Invention Challenge. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Whether via bungee cord, half-inch chain, servo motors, torsion springs, electronics or just plain gravity, 20 middle- and high-school student teams used a range of equipment to compete in this year's JPL Invention Challenge at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The teams - mainly from Southern California but including ones from as far away as Ethiopia and Guam - took part in the "Upright Pipe Contest" on Friday, Dec. 14. The objective was to get a 24-inch length of two-inch PVC pipe from a horizontal position to an upright position on a platform using whatever device they could come up with, instructions not included.

Please check back in August for details regarding the 2019 JPL Invention Challenge.

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