Tenth-grader in winning team at international science finals
Kyle Patel (GSMST 10th-grader) was one of the champions in Georgia’s Odyssey of the Mind state finals. Then at the international competition at Michigan State University, the team (Geekspace Gwinnett of Dacula, Georgia) was named one of the 7 Ranatra Fusca Winners for their Runaway Train problem, Division 3:
“This team displayed exceptional creativity and risk-taking in combining technological sophistication, woodworking craftsmanship, and great Style. An amazing “piano” track system played each individual key, making and breaking electrical contacts to light up each key automatically. The vehicle rotated a section of the track 180 degrees and flipped the track upside down so the vehicle could defeat the obstacles in a creative and stunningly precise fashion. The technical ingenuity alone displayed by this team blew the judges away; however, it was their ability to combine engineering proficiency with artistic flair and precise construction that truly displayed the spirit of Odyssey of the Mind.”
Skills include 3-D Printing, Welding, Electronics/Soldering, CNC and AutoCAD. One of their props included more than 2,500 cut coffee stirs to form a “Mozart” portrait.
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