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Reagan student uses hobby to earn big-time prize money in K'NEX Competition

Jozwiak and his K'NEX coaster

Spending time on the internet has never been more beneficial for Nicholas Jozwiak. The Reagan High School freshman stumbled upon the K’NEXpert Building Contest on the K’NEX Brands website early last summer. Jozwiak dedicated the next two months to his creation, “David and Goliath Coaster,” built entirely from K’NEX, a building toy system comparable to Lincoln Logs® and Tinkertoys®. On Nov. 15, K’NEX announced Jozwiak as a 2013 Grand Prize Winner for the building competition.

Winning in the 12-14 year-old category, Jozwiak is among eight grand prize winners in the nation to earn a $2,500 check, a 16 GB iPad Mini, a $250 Toys “R” Us® giftcard, and other awesome prizes. Additionally, he will be featured throughout the 2014 calendar year on the K’NEX website and has been given an invitation to tour the K’NEX corporate headquarters, where he will meet the designers and learn how they are made.    

“The most fun part of my project was working with the K'NEX because almost every day I found something new that I didn't realize before,” said Jozwiak. “This project even more so helped me realize how intelligently engineered K'NEX are and that is one of the coolest things to me.”

Jozwiak is thinking of investing in a 3D printer with his prize money, putting the rest of it into his college fund. His creation is 5 feet tall, 5 ½ feet wide and 15 feet long. You can see the David and Goliath Coaster in action below. For more information on the K’NEXpert Building Contest, click here.

Posted on November 18, 2013