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On a pleasant sunny day, the 2015 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 launch three balls at a target and achieve the most amount of points.

A total of 21 school teams and 2 JPL teams came up with different ways to accomplish this task. The energy sources were varied such as counter-rotating wheels, leaf blowers, surgical tubing, springs, and gravity. The results are shown below for each team.

My congratulations go out to everyone who worked on attempting to solve this challenging problem.

Entry No.

JPL/School Name

Team Name

Device Name

Score

Award

038

Los Angeles High School

IC Fuego

IC Fuego

90 + 40

School - 1st

039

Los Angeles High School

Diamond

Diamond

90 + 20

School - 2nd

012

Lawndale High School

MVPCDD

Baller

70 + 60

School - 3rd

042

Crescenta Valley High School

Falkon's

 

70 + 40

 

025

Temple City High School

Amazon

The Cannon

60

 

005

Arcadia High School

Absolute Value C

 

60

 

061

Alexander Hamilton High School

The Utopians

 

60

 

043

Oakwood School

 

Oakwood School

50

Heaviest Entry

062

Alexander Hamilton High School

The Galaxians

The Galaxians

50

 Most Artistic

037

Los Angeles High School

Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

40

 

013

Lawndale High School

MESA Cardinals

Trump

40

 

010

Culver City High School

Team Kato

Team Kato

40

 

077

Summit Collegiate Academy

Wonder & Garbonzo Engineering

Summit Collegiate Academy

30

Most Creative

046

Morningside High School

Trajectory8

Trajectory8

30

 

064

Oxford Academy

Quantum Leap

GR8 Overtime

30

Most Unusual

102

Cleary Wong

Cleary Wong

Happy 18

30

JPL - 1st

075

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES)

LACES Unicorns

 

20

 

060

Alexander Hamilton High School

Heroes and Zeros

Heroes and Zeros

20

 

030

Sycamore Junior High School

BUCCY

BUCCY

20

 

028

STEM Academy of Boyle Heights

The Strokes

Ballzilla

0

 

007

Great Oak High School

The Identified Flying Objects

Murphy's Law

0

 

101

Richard Goldstein

Goldsteins

Bouncing Matilda

0

JPL - 2nd Lightest and Smallest Entry

006

Village Christian High School

VCS Engineering

#1 Crus8ers

0

Largest Entry

103

Jagmit Sandhu

Sandhu

Three Stages

Withdrew

 

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

Paul MacNeal

Organizer

Alexa Ditonto

General Helper

David Breda

Assistant to organizer

Lisa Seymour

Assistant to organizer

Sherry Stukes

Recording Secretary

Natalie Rezek

Recording Secretary

Chris Landry

Referee

Robert Denise

Announcer

Natalie Rezek

Badging Helper

Steven Wissler

Check-in

Genie Luzwick

Check-in

Ronnie Forster

Check-in

Lyn Repath-Martos

Check-in

Nvart Iskandaryan

Safety

Kristine Babaian

Safety

Ezra Abrahamy

Safety

Nagin Cox

Timer

Kristan Ellis

Field Judge

Fabien Nicaise

Field Judge

Anusha Yarlagadda

Ball Retriever

Emily Schneider

Ball Retriever

Marcin Witek

Ball Retriever

Kristen MacNeal

Ball Retriever

Naomi Volain

Area Patroller

Andres Andrade

Area Patroller

Mieszko Salamon

Area Patroller

Bill Badboy

Area Patroller

Mary Ellen Derro

Area Patroller

Joseph Joe

Set - up helper

Kristan Ellis

Set - up helper

Kristen MacNeal

Set - up helper

Perry Ramsey

Set - up helper

Homer Hummel

Clean-up helper

Asad Aboobaker

Photographer

Chris Hovsepian

Photographer

David Tuman

Photographer

Qi Chen

Videographer

Steve Nelson

Judge

Madilynn Weant

Judge