Ranatra Fusca Winners
Louise Peacock Elementary School Corunna, MI
Pet Project, Division I
This team used pneumatic, electronic and detailed mechanics to provide an awe-inspiring engineering spectacular. All three vehicles showcased extraordinary design and risk-taking, including an accordion-like vehicle that inched across the competition site. This engineering feat was awe-inspiring.
Charter School of Wilmington Team A Wilmington, DE
Pet Project, Division III
The original Ranatra Fusca was a water strider – an unusual way to move on water. This team has created an unusual way to move on land with a scrap of wood, an electric motor, and one wheel that doesn’t even touch the ground. Their innovation is absolutely amazing!
Gyeseong Elementary School Seoul, South Korea
ARTchitecture: The Musical, Division I
This team took a risk by using minimalistic costume and scenery to create an emotionally moving performance. Their solution told the story of South Korea’s most significant National Treasure, Sungnyemun. Using almost no words, the team took us on a historical journey from its initial construction in 1396 to its destruction by fire in 2008 and restoration in early 2013. This left judges and the audience in awe; and nothing was lost in the translation.
CW Davis Middle School Flowery Branch, Georgia
Tumble-wood, Division II
This team was nominated for the construction of a working dragon, with feet that moved and wings that flapped. It showed exceptional creativity in creating a ramp that was transformed into the shape of a six-foot-tall dragon that could actually walk and flap its wings. The operating gears and scales were made completely of balsa wood.
Raffles Girls Secondary School Singapore
Tumble-wood, Division III
This team transformed trash into a truly special backdrop and ramp. The team cut straws into various lengths that, when looked at from a distance, created Lady Gaga’s face on the side of its ramp. The visually stunning face was adorned with a motorized flower that could spin. The team also constructed a mosaic backdrop with various trash items such as spoons, beans, pasta and more. It formed a portrait of the band Kiss, and a Lady Gaga costume so over-the-top that it would impress the star herself.