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K’NEX Third Great Thrill Ride Build-Off Competition Announced
January 28, 2013

For a third consecutive year, K’NEX, America’s Building Toy™ will continue its quest for future thrill ride innovators by sponsoring the Great Thrill Ride Build-Off competition. Winning K’NEX models will be displayed at the three participating parks: Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio, Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa. and Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minn.

The contest is open to all classrooms and student groups in grades 6-12 and will run through April 8. Students are challenged to build an original, functional amusement park ride solely from K’NEX parts and explain the scientific principles that affect its operation. The contest encourages students to apply what they’ve learned about potential and kinetic energy, speed, acceleration, gravity and rotational motion to their creations.

K’NEX designers and ride engineers at each of the three parks will choose the winners based on creativity, uniqueness, structural stability and the accuracy of detail provided in the student essay.

Each winning classroom will receive tickets to one of the three participating parks. Winning classrooms will also receive a K’NEX building set for each child and store credit for additional K’NEX materials.

For more information, see the K’NEX website.

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