Just finished cleaning up after our first Build 'Em Smash 'Em Contest. I'd been looking forward to this one since the idea was first floated at a TAG meeting. I spent a bit of time figuring out how to do this well, but on the cheap, and building what became known as "The X-Terminator." What a blast! We had 8 teams entered, for a total of 21 kids, running the full age range (6th-12th grade) and both boys and girls. It was quite interesting watching the different approaches to the problem they were given. Basically each team got 6 hot glue sticks, 60 pieces of spaghetti, and a foamboard disk. They needed to construct a structure at least 14" tall, that would fit inside "The X-Terminator" (see pics). Then we added weight to see which structure would hold the most before collapsing. Our big winners were the team of Nick I and Trent G. Second place went to Dan H, Brandon H, Dillon M and Carl W. Pulling out third was Matthew B and Nicole B. We will definitely be doing some variation of this one again. Watch for it this summer, and again next school year. If you missed it, pics below. A big thank you to Nicole and Matthew's mom for filling in as videographer. I haven't downloaded the video yet, but I'll post parts of on Tuesday when I'm in the library next. Thanks to the Friends of Fredricksen, Trindle Bowl, Brusters, and Five Guys for donating prizes.