Kick Into the Can Contest

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Under beautiful blue skies and a light wind, the JPL Invention Challenge was held last Friday on the 180 Mall with more than 300 spectators and participants. This year's contest objective was to build a device that kicked a regulation size and weight football into a trashcan located five meters away. Each team was allowed to have their device kick the football a maximum of three times within a one minute time interval. Points were awarded for getting close to or inside the trashcan. The winner was the team whose device accumulated the most points.

A total of 23 school teams and 7 JPL teams came up with different ways to accomplish this task. The energy sources were varied such as surgical tubing, bungee cords, gravity, springs, and compressed air. The complete list and total scores are shown below for each of the entries.

This year, the JPL teams and the school teams performed tremendously well. In the case of the school teams, a total of six teams received a perfect score of 150 points. Those 6 teams participated in a tiebreaker round in which each team had one "kick" towards the trashcan that had a smaller opening (15.5 inches in diameter versus the original 20.3 inch diameter). Additionally an extra 10 points was awarded if the ball did not touch the rim when going inside the trashcan (60 points). Remarkably, two teams kicked their football into the trashcan as a "swish" so a second tiebreaker round was held at which point Culver City High School came out on top and Crescenta Valley High School came in second place.

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

Entry No.
School
Team
Weight (lbs)
Total Score
Comments
001
South Pasadena Middle School
M&M
35
70
Most Artistic
002
Monroe Magnet Middle School
Foothill Ninjas
35
50
Most Creative
004
Diamond Bar High School
Team Sprocket
60
45
 
005
Los Angeles Senior High School
Roman Builders
60
110
 
007
Temple City High School
The Avengers
40
20
 
008
Temple City High School
XUFTC
50
50
 
009
Temple City High School
Dai Lo
65
110
 
010
San Marcos High School
Royal Pains
35
150
3rd Place - School
011
Pacific Technology School-Santa Ana
Pac Tech Kick
120
130
Most Unusual
016
Bancroft Middle School
Bob the Builders
40
30
 
032
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
LACES Rocketeers
450
90
Heaviest
039
Culver City HS
Shockolate
65
150
1st Place - School
041
Culver City HS
Manana
25
90
 
043
Crescenta Valley HS
CVHS #1
100
90
 
045
Crescenta Valley HS
CVHS #3
80
150
2nd Place - School
052
Morningside HS
Beltran in the Middle
50
130
 
054
Alexander Hamilton HS
Team Best Team
90
150
4th Place - School
057
Savanna HS
LEMJM
35
150
6th Place - School
059
Savana HS
No Punt Intended
30
90
 
065
Granite Hills HS
 
180
90
 
069
Gabrielino High School
Moneyball Eagles
95
40
 
077
South East High School
Jaguars #2
40
110
 
078
Diamond Bar HS
DBHS Team A
250
150
4th Place - School Largest
101
Richard Goldstein
 
20
130
2nd Place - JPL Smallest, Lightest
102
Kristan Ellis
 
25
20
 
103
Kristan Ellis
 
100
0
 
104
Cameron Goodale, Paul Ramirez, and Keith Hill
 
170
150
1st Place - JPL
105
Gary Gray
 
120
45
 
106
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
360
65
 
107
Andy Etters, Mark Rober, Dan Vartolomei
 
130
130
2nd Place - JPL

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 extra-long 140 minute contest. I also would like to thank Jeff Locke (punter for UCLA Bruins Football Team) for coming out and talking with the students.

Name: Position:
Paul MacNeal Organizer
Rich Alvidrez             General Helper
David Breda  Assistant to organizer
Bernardo Lopez                             Assistant to organizer
Sherry Stukes      Recording Secretary
Scott Widholm                             Recording Secretary
Chris Landry Referee
Robert Denise Announcer
Steven Wissler                  Check-in
Daniel Turner                         Check-in
Juan Fernandez             Check-in
Robert Haw                       Football Checker
Hart Finger                Timer
Fabien Nicaise                       Field Judge
Clayton Dilks                       Football Spotter
K. Charles Wang                   Football Spotter
Andres Andrade       Football Spotter
Lyn Repath-Martos                          Area Patroller
Kent Frewing                       Area Patroller
Brian Morrison                       Area Patroller
Joseph Joe                       Set-up Helper
Julia Stalder                          Set-up Helper
Scott Widholm                      Set-up Helper
Scott Widholm                  Clean-up helper
Amiee Quon Photographer
Wesley Kuykendall                     Photographer
Bryan Johnson                          Photographer
David Tseng                          Videographer
Pamela Huntoon                          Judge
Jeffrey Dollinger                          Judge
Paul Bailey                          Judge
Jeff Locke                          Honorary Judge

I look forward to next year's contest.

-Paul MacNeal
Contest Organizer