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Kootenay Contraption Contest

Kootenay Contraption Contest

This month-long, annual contest invites Kootenay students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 to imagine, design and illustrate a “contraption” that solves a problem.

KAST Youth encourages students to use critical thinking skills, design thinking, problem solving, creativity and pitch skills for a chance to win some incredible prizes!

This is a great opportunity for your students to use their limitless imaginations, and to fully experience the reward of bringing their ideas to life through innovation.

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How does the contest work?

Step 1


From May 1, begin by registering yourself (student/educator) or your class for the contest! Download your entry form and use this as a guide to create and explain your contraption.

Registration Form
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Brainstorm Ideas

Here comes the fun part – brainstorming! Review the Rules below first. Then, use books, the internet or other trusted sources to figure out the best solution for your contraption. We recommend writing down or talking about your ideas and fit together what works. Let your imagination run wild, the sky’s the limit!

Feeling stuck? Download our Guidance Package.
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Sign Up For A Workshop (Optional)

Join a facilitated Tinkercad workshop. To sign up, use the registration form for the Kootenay Contraption Contest.
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Create Your Contraption

Creating your contraption is not limited to just a piece of paper: Design. Illustrate. Build. Code. Write. Record. Gamify. You can create an art project, use coding techniques, animation, video or even online gaming; have fun and be creative!
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Submit Your Contraption

Once you finally finish your design, submit your work! You can also submit by email, post or in-person:


Mail/In-Person: Nelson Innovation Centre (Attn: KCC Judging Panel), 91-D Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4G8

Submission Form
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Submission deadline: May 31, 2023 at 4pm PT


Partners & Sponsors

The Kootenay Contraption Contest is generously sponsored by Fortis BC and The Province of British Columbia

Tinkercad 3D Design Workshops

Tinkercad 3D Design Workshops in Nelson

Dates: May 9 & 10, 2023
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm PDT
Venue: The Nelson & District Youth Centre

KAST is offering free in-person workshops with our Tech Youth Facilitator!

These workshops will guide youth through using Tinkercad, a 3D design software, and give them time to work on their contraptions.

💡May 9, Nelson NDYC Maker-Space
💡May 10, Nelson NDYC Maker-Space

There is limited space available.

Register here

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