The Kootenay Contraption Contest invites students in Grades K-8 to imagine, design and illustrate a “contraption” that solves a problem. Students love to ponder ways to address our questions, and every year we receive more and more entries.
In the GLOWS 2017 Contraption Contest, we challenged individuals and entire classes to come up with the most creative, most imaginative "contraption" they could dream up to solve this question:
We use energy in our daily lives from turning on the lights to playing on our tablets. What are some ideas to make or save energy so there is more for everyone?
The grand prize winner of the 2018 Kootenay Contraption Contest is Hayden Persad.
Hayden is a Grade 8 student at Prince Charles Secondary School in Creston. His contraption was a piezoelectric pad that can go anywhere with you and capture wasted energy no matter what the user is doing.
Hayden went the extra step to submit a video explaining his contraption that he also built. Use the password: selkirk
The Kootenay Contraption Contest is generously sponsored by FortisBC. Hayden wins an iPad Air along with a pizza party for his class. Congratulations Hayden! Well done!
Win a pizza party for your class or the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Air! The Kootenay Contraption Contest is generously sponsored by FortisBC.
To enter, illustrate your idea in our form. Remember, this is just a starting point. Have fun and be creative with anything from art supplies, illustrations and even multimedia.
Email your entry by December 15 to glows<AT>selkirk<DOT>ca or mail to Selkirk GLOWS, 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar, BC V1N 4L3. You can also send us your ideas via the GLOWS Facebook page.
Past contest topics included:
2010: What new technology or advancements in existing technology will we need to keep us healthy and safe by the mid-point of the century?
2011: Imagine the year is 2050. Thinking about energy, how will we cook, heat and cool our homes?
2012: How will we use less energy?
2013: Imagine the year is 2050. Wind and solar energy are plentiful, but how will we store that energy to make it more useful?
2014: In 50 years, how will we increase our food supply?
2015: What contraption will change the way students learn or are taught in school?
2016: What do you predict will be the next big automated thing that everyone will rely on?