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 and come up with a design concept and every year, we receive more and more entries from schools and individuals.
In the GLOWS 2018 Contraption Contest, we challenge individuals and entire classes to come up with the most creative, most imaginative "contraption" they can dream up to solve this problem:
Turn something of waste from your home into a new contraption that is useful in our lives?
The Kootenay Contraption Contest is generously sponsored by FortisBC. The grand prize winner receives an iPad. Winners from each entering grade will win a pizza party for their entire class.
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. Check out last year's winning entry from Hayden Persad below.
The Kootenay Contraption Contest Entry Form
Deadline: December 19, 2018
Or mail to:
820 Tenth Street
Nelson, British Columbia
2017 Kootenay Contraption Contest Winner 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.
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?
2017: 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?