Kid wins $10k for K'NEX rollercoaster

Ian Culhane won $10,000 for designing a 7-foot-tall toy roller coaster. Not bad for a 10-year-old.

"It's money for college," the aspiring engineer from Olympia, Wash., said Thursday about the savings bond.

Ian's creation was on display at the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square, where he accepted the prize from the president of K'NEX Brands, a building toy company in Hatfield, Pa.

The boy, who first started playing with building sets when he was 4, was one of thousands of children ages 6 to 12 who entered the annual contest.

Ian began the project last summer, using 6,000 plastic parts from his collection of 15,000 to assemble the roller coaster, which runs through the body of a dragon.

Two months ago, his parents packed it up and shipped it off for the contest. Just recently, his parents told him he won.

"It was like, whoa! Huh? I didn't think I'd win, 'cause there were so many other good ones," he said.

A panel of judges comprised of K'NEX employees selected semifinalists based on the creativity, uniqueness and detail of the projects. It had to be made exclusively from K'NEX parts.

An online vote determined 10 winners and Joel Glickman, an inventor with the toy company, chose Ian as the grand prize winner. The nine others each won $1,000 savings bonds.

In New York for the first time, Ian, his 14-year-old sister and their parents stayed at a hotel he called "pretty fancy for us. We always stay at a Motel 6."

While he was disappointed he couldn't spend any of the prize money, his father, a hydrogeologist, gave him $100 to spend at a toy store.

What will he buy? More plastic building parts.

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n1cod3mus7 years ago
im more intrested in that bowl cut hes got going on, who the hell still does this to children i was sure this was part of the geneva convention, it should be illegal, in all countrys!
I blame the bad influence of comics ;)

users.skynet.be/ictzone/jommeke/opstart/

That comic is actually a major comic series here in Belgium but I think everyone agrees his hairstyle is in very poor taste :p
as part of the new EU and US Laws i will enact when im world president and supreme overlord of Burger King (i love the XL Bacon double cheese burger) is to create a man hunt for the creator and any one who worked or endorsed that comic. its criminal!! and ban bowl cuts for the greater good of mankind, anyone who inflicts such a cut on a child will get paper cuts and be forced to rub lemon, vineger and salt in to them, or to spray them with "New Skin" that stuff really hurts!  MUHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH!! *cough* *cough* Vote for me? lol
I will vote for you if I get control of Burger King, KFC (I love that chicken :D) and MC Donalds in Europe :D

Oh and as extra punishment maybe we could put them in a room with 24 hour "scratching on schoolboard" sounds play in a loop :p (the horror!)
i have to admit im not keen on the chicken, but i love the crunchy coating, you can have KFC if i can have free family buckets with the big bits only, and no chips as they are C$#p worst chips award goes to KFC, best chips Burger King every time, if you could get Burger King Chips with KFC that would be a win.
you can have all of KFC except the UK (because i like it too) all of McDonalds, and all the smaller Chains like  whimpy, but you cant have Burger King because i love it lol and its going to have my burger babys.

or they have to wear their Trousers (pants for the americans) back to front for a week and their shoes on the opposite feet!. im evil, i know.
Kiteman10 years ago
What? No video?

It looks cool in the still, but we need to see it running.

Contact this child, tell him he has to do an Instructable and run a few workshops to educate certain people that there is more to K'Nex than guns and bad spelling.
The video center on www.knex.com. And yes I agree with what you have to say.
Yes, there is like, a hundred groups for guns made from knex. I still don't get why they are popular. Not that they are terribly annoying, but they are all the same thing.
A lot of us who have been here a while know that they are all the same. It's just that the new people have no idea and think theirs are better and we try to tell them but they don't listen. >< See good grammar :P
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