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Kid wins $10k for K'NEX rollercoaster Answered

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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n1cod3mus
n1cod3mus

10 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!

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n1cod3mus
n1cod3mus

Reply 10 years ago

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

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MichelMoermans
MichelMoermans

Reply 10 years ago

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!)

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n1cod3mus
n1cod3mus

Reply 10 years ago

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.

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n1cod3mus
n1cod3mus

Reply 10 years ago

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.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 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.

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heat-seeker
heat-seeker

Reply 12 years ago

The video center on www.knex.com. And yes I agree with what you have to say.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

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.

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alecgates15
alecgates15

Reply 13 years ago

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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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

It would be nice, as Kiteman said, if they was more than just guns. Heck, I might be convinced to buy a tub if someone actually showed me something worthwhile.

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alecgates15
alecgates15

Reply 13 years ago

Trainman2000 has ball machines if that interests you. Glitched has transformers too.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

I'll have to check those out.

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alecgates15
alecgates15

Reply 13 years ago

Oh and even further off topic, I loved the magic wallet. I made two and sold one to a friend for $1.25. And I'm thinking of making a Jacob's ladder wallet.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks for liking my instructable.

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

And excessive exclamation points...With ones between them....Those are the worst....

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

13 years ago

I entered the contest, and got to the finals. i did'nt get enough people to vote for me though (sigh).

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 13 years ago

Oh yeah? What did you enter?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 13 years ago

"vibrant velocipede", a bycicle. it was pretty cool. it worked as well

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 13 years ago

Cool. Can you post some pics of it?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 13 years ago

sure. ill do it as soon as i can

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StyleCore
StyleCore

Reply 12 years ago

Umm little late Huh.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 12 years ago

Um yea. Yea. I... Um... yea.

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MrRadicalEd
MrRadicalEd

Reply 12 years ago

Was this you?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 12 years ago

No, Unfortunatly :-(

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StyleCore
StyleCore

Reply 12 years ago

Than where are the pictures ?

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 12 years ago

Im looking for them, I dont know where I saved them...

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tech-king
tech-king

12 years ago

i know i shouldnt do this and its an old thread, but bump! dsman needs to see this.

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dsman195276
dsman195276

Reply 12 years ago

lol, this is cool. thats really good for a kid who is only 12. sadly i can't enter, stupid age limits lol.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 12 years ago

Ya, I hope IT gets bumped up this year...

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westfw
westfw

13 years ago

I thought k'nex guns were so popular on Instructables largely because it's the only forum for k'nex that doesn't forbid "guns." But yeah, it would be nice to have non-gun k'nex stuff here too. Too bad "cyber-knex" sort of fell through :-(

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l0cke
l0cke

Reply 13 years ago

There is a reason for the block-knex greasemonkey script.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

13 years ago

I saw this on the news. I was going to post a topic, but I never did.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

I thought some K'nex fanatic would post this saying "Ths iz no a gune, knex r olny 4 teh gunz!".

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

Oooooo, I shouldn't have added a comma in the quote! :P

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

Seriously though, That's impressive.

BTW we need a comment edit thing, that way I don't have so many after-thoughts!

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

You should put that as a bug, under cosmetic.