Hole in One Contest
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|
|066||Los Angeles Senior High||DQ|
|010||Temple City High School||INC|
|004||Arcadia High School||INC||Smallest Entry|
|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|
|110||Erik Hovlund||INC||Lightest Entry|
|020||Diamond Bar High School||INC|
|031||Alexander Hamilton High School||INC|
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.
|Joan Stupik||General Helper|
|David Breda||Assistant to organizer|
|Ashley Chandler||Recording Secretary|
|Sherry Stukes||Recording Secretary|
|Kristen MacNeal||Timer - lead|
|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|
|Jose Pi||Videographer - shorts|
I look forward to next year's contest which will be completely different than this year's contest.