We had a blast judging all the contraption entries we received (almost 160!) and every single applicant, not just the winners, deserve a big round of applause!

We want to thank our event sponsor, FortisBC, for their generous support which makes delivering the Kootenay Contraption Contest possible! Thank you!!

Meet the 2020 Kootenay Contraption Contest innovators!

⏬ Scroll down ⏬ to see the winners!

 

Emily Macandlish
Grand Prize Winner + Grade 3 Winner

“Emily gets distracted when she’s at homeschool, so she created the “Distract Be Gone” hat to help her stay focused on her school work, drown out noises and block distracting screens.

More info on the KAST blog about the grand prize and educator winner!

Thank you to our prize sponsor Phoenix Computers and Technologies.

 

 

Anita Vibe
Educator Prize Winner

Anita invented “The VIBEration Bracelet”. What is it exactly? It is a bracelet that every student and teacher could wear. The bracelet would vibrate when recess starts or ends as well as for the lunch break. But more than that, the doors would be automated for this system, allowing everyone to enter or exit through doors without touching them.

More info on the KAST blog about the grand prize and educator winner!

Thank you to our educator prize sponsor SMRT1 Technologies.

 

 

Waverley Lario
Kindergarten Winner

Waverley surprised us with her robot, “Suzie”, who could help build snowmen by forming the snowballs more gently, with temperature control to make sure the snowballs won’t crack. We liked the part about Suzie being “gentle” and being able to keep the kids outside company by playing with them. 

More info on the KAST blog about Nakusp’s winners!

Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

 

 

Owen Howard
Grade 1 Winner

Owen invented of a full kitchen packed into a robot that would be able to go everywhere, even on bumpy roads in winter, with an oven that runs the machine. Kids would be able to program their own recipes or use the recipes included with the robot to get snacks when they are playing outside.

More info on the KAST blog about Nakusp’s winners!

Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

 

 

Avielle Zumpano-Intiha
Grade 2 Winner

The problem Avielle wanted to solve was that “People are throwing their masks on the ground and it is bad for the environment”. She thought about a robot that could do it all…pick up the masks, wash them and make them ready to be sold again. Sounds pretty great to us.

More info on the KAST blog about Nelson’s winners!

Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

 

 

Georgia Boone
Grade 4 Winner

Georgia started the description of her contraption by saying: “My problem was”. Yes “was”, because she found the solution and she called it T.A.C.S or The Anti COVID Suit. She thought about everything, from the choice of colours to the type of materials, the air filter and how to eat when you have a “bubble” around your head. It is quite detailed!

More info on the KAST blog about Rossland winner!

Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

 

 

Isobel Seyfried
Grade 5 Winner

Isobel thought of a problem that happens quite frequently…tables at school are unstable and “shake”. Yes, it can be quite annoying and it makes a lot of noise. As she said, it’s not only a contraption for schools, it can also be for homeschooled students (and we think it could help adults and their home and work offices as well!)

More info on the KAST blog about Nelson’s winners!

Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

 

 

Sage Novak
Grade 6 Winner

Sage’s entry is focused on a solution to reuse and recycle paper and elastic bands and turn them into new masks for COVID-19 Safety. The technical part that makes it all happen is a conveyor belt that will send recycled paper and elastic bands to a sewing machine that will then assemble everything together.

More info on the KAST blog about the Slocan winner!

Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

 

 

Skyla
Grade 7 Winner

Skyla came up with a tablet that you could write on with a pen and then send the content to a school-related app. Sounds cool, eh? But there’s more! There would be a microphone as well to record what the teacher is saying with the possibility of translating the content in multiple languages.

More info on the KAST blog about Nelson’s winners!Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

 

Carly Beck
Grade 8 Winner
Carly came up with a “smartscreen in the corner of every desk that tells students their tentative marks and the work for the day”. Her contraption could help students to be more engaged with their school work and progression as they would have access to previous marks and completed work.More info on the KAST blog about the Fernie winner!Thank you to IO Designs & Engineering for partnering with us on the class prizes.

Do you know any of these amazing innovators? Congratulate them if you see them! 👏
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