Join us at this year’s Flight Night Back to School STEM Expo for the all-new Tulsa State Fair Kinetic Sculpture Contest!

 

In this year’s challenge, students will construct kinetic (moving) sculptures using materials recycled from clocks, watches, metronomes, and any other timepiece that they can think of!

How will your class show the Tulsa State Fair that It’s Go Time?

Students construct with cardboard rolls

Awards:

1st Place
$300 for classroom

2nd Place
$200 for classroom

3rd Place
$100 for classroom

Materials:

Students must incorporate pieces from a timing device (i.e. watch, egg timer, hourglass, sundial, calendar, wall clock, metronome) into their sculpture.

Scholarships available for Materials. Please request supplies from the STEM Shoppe for free resources.

Restrictions:

  • Students must display sculptures on a foam board smaller than 2′ x 3′.
  • Sculptures must be less than 36″ tall.
  • Sculptures must include, but are not limited to, pieces from a timing device.
  • The sculptures can move by any of the following means:
    • wind, gravity, solar power, batteries, potential energy/kinetic energy

Scoring Considerations:

  • Aesthetics
  • Creativity
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Incorporation of the Tulsa State Fair’s theme “It’s Go Time”
  • Reliability of movement
  • Sturdiness of design

Standards:

6th Grade

MS-PS3-1 Energy;

MS-PS3-2 Energy

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and Effect, Energy and Matter

7th* Grade

MS-PS3-6 Energy

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Energy and Matter

8th Grade

MS-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Energy and Matter, Cause and Effect

*If, during this project, additional instruction includes the history of timekeeping regarding astrological phenomenon and patterns, then the additional standards MS-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe could be applied, as well as Crosscutting Concepts of Patterns.

Art Standards:

6th Grade

Visual Art
3.1
3.2
4.4

7th Grade

Visual Art
3.1
3.2
3.5
4.4

8th Grade

Visual Art
3.1
3.2
3.5
4.4

Details:

  • All sculptures may be picked up at the end of the day, except for the top three entries. Winning entries will go on display at the Tulsa State Fair.
  • Representatives from the Tulsa State Fair will act as judges for the entries.

 

Register for the Back to School STEM Expo to enter