Ranatra Fusca Winner!
Seneca Intermediate School Seneca, New York Division II
Problem 4: Matryoshka Structure
Judges could not BEE-lieve the detailed workmanship, risk-taking and attention to detail in this team’s solution. The audience was enchanted by the story of squirrels battling bees. The team built a magnificent beehive in a tree that showed ambitious design and workmanship. The sheer size and multiple functions were tricky to implement and the visual details were stunning. It also functioned as a working scale weighing the pollen from the bees and the nuts from the squirrels. It showed risk-taking because it had to be assembled once time started. There was also an inventive moth costume whose wings floated with no apparent movement by the team member thanks to creative engineering by the team. The varied use of materials used throughout the performance was inventive and convincing, even the membership sign captured the judges’ attention. It looked like a real honeycomb, but upon closer inspection it was made out of tongue depressors and had a motor that made it look like there were bees magically floating around it.