Boy wins $10,000 for K'Nex roller coaster

Posted Monday, December 10, 2007 9:36 AM | Contributed by Lord Gonchar

Ian Culhane won $10,000 for designing a 7-foot-tall toy roller coaster. Not bad for a 10-year-old. Ian's creation was on display at the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square, where he accepted the prize from the president of K'NEX Brands, a building toy company in Hatfield, Pa. The boy, who first started playing with building sets when he was 4, was one of thousands of children ages 6 to 12 who entered the annual contest.

Read more from The Associated Press.

Monday, December 10, 2007 9:58 AM
This caught my attention from the article:

"Ian began the project last summer, using 6,000 plastic parts from his collection of 15,000 to assemble the roller coaster, which runs through the body of a dragon.

Two months ago, his parents packed it up and shipped it off for the contest. Just recently, his parents told him he won."

How the heck do you ship, and how much is it to ship one of these in tact?

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Monday, December 10, 2007 12:21 PM
janfrederick's avatar I'd imagine they ask the contestants to photograph it from every angle. Then they have their own employees reassemble them.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 10:51 PM
The overall effect is nice, but I am not a fan of the micro-parts they've been promoting for the last two or three years.
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