K’NEX announced today The 2011 K’NEXpert Search! It invited young builders to design a creative, original model, made entirely from K’NEX parts. Three imaginative children – one from each of the three age groups: 5 to 6-year-olds; 7 to 8-year-olds; and, 9 to 12-year-olds – will each win a $10,000 savings bond for college.
The K’NEXpert Search challenges kids to build unique construction models in one of four categories: futuristic, vehicles, amusement park thrill rides and ultimate K’NEX model. The models made entirely of K’NEX pieces are judged on creativity, uniqueness and detail.
In addition to $10,000 for college, the three grand prize winners will also receive a trip for three to K’NEX headquarters near Philadelphia, PA for the K’NEXpert Award Ceremony, where they can meet each other and discover, through company designers and a factory tour, how K’NEX is made. Seven finalists will each receive $1,000 savings bonds and all ten winners will receive $250 worth of free K’NEX Building Sets, and their very own photo gallery page at www.knex.com. All semi-finalists and finalists will receive discounts on online purchases for a year, K’NEX gear and a K’NEX birthday gift.
The 2011 K’NEXpert Search will run from now through September 10, 2010 with winners announced in October. Children can enter by printing out the entry form from the K’NEX web site and mailing it in. Submissions must include a photo of the creation and a one-minute video or one-page summary describing how the child came up with the idea, how long the design took to build and how many K’NEX pieces were used.
A panel of judges comprised of K’NEX employees will select semi-finalists; an online vote will determine ten winners and Joel Glickman, inventor of K’NEX, will choose the three Grand Prize Winners.
The K’NEXpert Search is open to U.S. and Canadian residents and there is no purchase necessary. For more information on K’NEX, the contest and previous winners, visit www.knex.com.