Andrew Babala honored as a Grand Prize Winner in this Year’s K’NEXpert™ Building Contest

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Glenmoore, PA Seven Year-Old to be awarded $20,000 Savings Bond in Celebration of the upcoming K’NEX 20th Anniversary in 2012

K'NEX Sky Ride

K’NEX Brands, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, has chosen Andrew Babala as one of the grand prize winners of its 2012 K’NEXpert Search. The nationwide building contest asks kids ages 5-12 to submit original designs made entirely out of K’NEX pieces. This year, for the first time, three creative kids were awarded $20,000 savings bonds for college in celebration of the upcoming K’NEX 20th anniversary in 2012. Andrew is seven years-old and lives with his parents in Glenmoore, PA.

Andrew won in the 7-8 year-old category for his creation named K’NEX Sky Ride– a huge replica of a Sky Ride created entirely from K’NEX modeled after real world amusement park rides he has ridden. Using more than 2,000 K’NEX pieces, the model is a K’NEX engineering marvel.

Three Grand Prize winners and seven finalists were chosen from three age categories. In addition to Andrew, two other grand prize winners will each be awarded a $20,000 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond for college. This prize is double the amount awarded in previous years in celebration of the K’NEX upcoming 20th anniversary year in 2012. In addition, they will visit K’NEX headquarters in Hatfield, PA on December 2. As guests of K’NEX President Michael Araten the winners will receive their award checks, enjoy a lunch with K’NEX designers and take a private factory tour. Their award-winning models will be displayed at K’NEX headquarters. The seven finalists will each receive a $1,000 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond to put toward their education.

“The K’NEXpert contest is the highlight of our year,” said K’NEX President Michael Araten. “K’NEX fans consistently surpass our expectations with their creativity and innovation, building elaborate works of art that wow even our toy designers. We’re proud to have the current winners represent K’NEX during our 20th anniversary year,” he said.

K’NEX is the world’s most innovative construction toy company. As the winner of more than 200 international awards, K’NEX encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” The K’NEXpert Search is an annual building contest that asks kids to design an ultra-creative, original model made entirely out of K’NEX parts.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is America’s building toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” Since 1992, The Rodon Group, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. For more information, please visit or


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