Cedar Point K’NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off Winners to be Featured During Math & Science Week

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K’NEX Brands and Cedar Point Amusement Park announce the winners of the Cedar Point K’NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off.

K’NEX builders never cease to amaze us with their creations and these amusement park rides are no exception

K’NEX Brands, the U.S. construction toy company headquartered in Hatfield, Penn., and Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, recently challenged school groups nationwide to design and build the ultimate amusement park ride model in the Cedar Point K’NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off. Schools from coast to coast entered and five winning classrooms spanning three states were selected to showcase their thrill rides, built entirely out of K’NEX pieces, during Cedar Point’s Math & Science Week, May 16 through 20.

Winning schools are Marshall Middle School (Wexford, Penn.), Glenfield Middle School (Montclair, N.J.), St. Raphael Catholic School (Bay Village, Ohio), Bellevue High School (Bellevue, Ohio) and Fairbanks Local Schools (Milford Center, Ohio).

Students in grades 6 through 12 were asked to construct a “real life” ride, considering mathematical and scientific applications such as potential and kinetic energy, speed, acceleration, gravity and/or rotational motion. A select group of K’NEX designers and Cedar Point ride engineers evaluated entries based on creativity, uniqueness, detail and accuracy of the ride description.

“We were extremely impressed by the quality of rides submitted by the school groups,” said Rob Decker, corporate vice president of planning and design at Cedar Point. “The models showed innovative thinking, creativity and mathematical skill. We hope the students had as much fun constructing these rides as we had judging them.”

The winning models will be displayed as part of Cedar Point’s Math & Science Week celebration, which invites middle and high school students to participate in educational programs and activities located in various areas along the park’s midways. Each winning classroom will be given complimentary tickets to visit Cedar Point as well as a K’NEX building sets and a knex.com shopping spree valued at $250.

“K’NEX builders never cease to amaze us with their creations and these amusement park rides are no exception. I hope that seeing these models displayed next to the life size thrill rides at Cedar Point will inspire more students to explore the fascinating world of building amusement park attractions!” said K’NEX President and CEO Michael Araten.

In celebration of Cedar Point’s Math & Science Week, K’NEX will display a giant, six-foot Ferris wheel and provide a building station for park guests. Other Math & Science Week participants include NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Plum Brook Station, Center of Science and Industry of Columbus (COSI), the Imagination Station in Toledo, Ohio and the Detroit Science Center. New this year will be weather education presentations, where Cedar Point teams up with various television networks to educate students on how weather uniquely impacts the park. Participating weather forecasters include Betsy Kling of WKYC-TV 3 in Cleveland, Ohio; Doug Moats of FOX Toledo; Jim Geyer of WLNS-TV 6 in Lansing, Mich.; and Eric Elwell of ONN-TV in Columbus, Ohio.

The winning classroom from Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, N.J. will travel to Sandusky for Math & Science Week to see their model on display. “Teaching with K’NEX gave me a chance to have the students apply math to technology, writing and science in an exciting manner,” said the school’s math teacher, Courtney Washington. “The students are excited that they won and equally excited to meet the engineers who judged their work.”

For a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.cedarpoint.com/mathscience. Guests can purchase individual or group tickets online at http://www.cedarpoint.com or by calling 419.627.2350. Follow Math & Science Week updates on Cedar Point’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information about K’NEX and upcoming building contests, please visit http://www.knex.com or http://www.facebook.com/buildknex.

About Cedar Point Amusement Park
Cedar Point Amusement Park, located in Sandusky, Ohio, opened in 1870 and is the third oldest amusement park in North America. Voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 13 consecutive years by “Amusement Today,” the park features more rides than any other amusement park, including 17 roller coasters, as well as multiple other rides fit for the entire family. Cedar Point also hosts various shows and attractions throughout the year. The park officially opens for the season on Saturday, May 14, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.cedarpoint.com.

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.” For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com.

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