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But first, what is a Plank-a-Palooza!? It's a challenging event in which teams use 500 KEVA planks to design and build a structure in 30 minutes. No glue is needed, just gravity. This highly energized construction event creates interest in math and science and encourages creativity and collaboration.
And what are KEVA planks? KEVA planks are precision cut maple blocks (about 1/4" x 3/4" x 4 1/2") that stack on four different planes with surprising stability.
A half-hour goes by really fast when you are trying to construct something of the magnitude these teams were attempting. The judges had a very hard time choosing a winner in the three award categories.
Best Engineering Award went to IPFW:
Most Creative Award went to Trine University:
Best Overall Design went to Irwin Math Science Magnet - FWCS
See more photos of this event by clicking here and see why this is a fun event to participate in or sponsor. To learn how you can get involved contact: Jane McGraw, Marketing and Development Director, 260.458.0125 or jmcgraw@ECAlliance.org.