On a pleasant day with no wind, the 2019 JPL Invention Challenge was held last Friday on the 180 Mall with more than 400 spectators and participants. This year’s contest objective was to create a device that can put up to 10 ping pong balls into a Mason jar located five meters away within the one minute time allotment. The winner was the team whose device placed the most ping pong balls into the jar.
A total of 21 school teams and 9 JPL teams came up with different ways to accomplish this task. Four of the JPL sponsored teams were from Ethiopia or Germany. One team came from Colorado. The device concepts were varied such as leaf blowers, shop vacuums, rotating wheels, catapults, and measuring tapes. The results can be found in the attached spreadsheet and later in the week can be found on the JPL website located at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/inventionchallenge/2019/results.php . The winning entry from Diamond Bar High School (Project Defying Gravity 2.0) placed 10 balls in the first round, 15 balls in the first tiebreaker, and 20 balls in the second tiebreaker for a perfect score!
My congratulations go out to everyone who worked on this challenging problem and a special thanks goes out to the four foreign teams that flew all the way in from Ethiopia and Germany.
In January, a series of photographs will be posted on the site.
I wish to thank all of the volunteers 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 Kim Johansen, for collecting the entry forms and video release forms and processing more than 250 student badges for all of the student teams. I also wish to acknowledge the talented work performed by Brian White for stepping in at the last minute to be the master of ceremonies during the contest.
|Entry #||School Name||Team Name||Ball Count||Award|
|004||Diamond Bar High School||Project Defying Gravity 2.0||10+15+20||1st Place - Student|
|049||Temple City High School||TC - 2||10+15+19||2nd Place - Student|
|008||Arcadia High School||Absolute Value C||10+15+18||3rd Place - Student|
|017||Oakwood High School||Aqueducts||10+14||Heaviest|
|019||Oakwood School||TC - 3||10+13|
|005||Diamond Bar High School||DBQ Sauce||10+6|
|101||Alan DeVault||Nolte/DeVault||10||1st Place - JPL|
|018||Oakwood School||Gold Rush||9|
|20||Larchmont High School||A is Apricots||9|
|102||Richard Goldstein||Goldsteins||9||2nd Place - JPL|
|16||Oakwood High School||Black Mambas||8||Most Unusual|
|54||Segerstrom High School||Segerstrom Femineers||7|
|044||Temple City High School||Team B||DQ - Did not complete task||Heaviest|
|72||Da Vinci Communications||DVC||7|
|110||Austin DeShong||Spit, Grit, and a Whole Lotta Duct Tape||7||3rd Place - JPL|
|025||Polytechnic School||Hephaestus||6||Most Creative|
|070||Culver City High School||Bagel Bytes Team 1||4|
|009||Santa Monica High School||Space Ballz||3||Largest|
|003||Lawndale High School||Overtime||3|
|003||Diamond Bar High School||2|
|036||Alexander Hamilton High School||Hami Hamsters||1|
|020||Lakeside High School||HUANBAO TOWER||1|
|109||Kimberly Becker||Centaurus (Colorado)||1||Most Artistic|
|019||New Village Girls Academy||Pink Punks||0|
|033||South Pasadena High School||SPHS Team 2||0|
|110||Yasin Giray||Robot Lucy (Ethiopia)||DQ - not balanced|
|104||Salih Ergun||THE BIL CHALLENGE (Germany)||0||Smallest|
|108||Asrat Addisu||Robot-INTS (Ethiopia)||0|
|024||Los Angeles High School||Rover||No Show|
|105||Yasin Giray||Abyssinian Launcher (Ethiopia)||Damaged during transport|
|106||Gul Eren||Ethiopian Catapult (Ethiopia)||Withdrew|
|111||Cleary Wong||Cata Throw||Withdrew|