Special Awards, 2018 California DI State Tournament

DaVinci Award
For Outstanding Creativity

Team Challenge: Unlikely Attraction
Level: EL

Team Name: Sonic G Waves
Team Number: 105-83352

Headline:  This team created an actual hovering string ray.  The appraisers were impressed by the design and the functioning of the craft, incorporating many geometric shapes and how smoothly it worked when it needed to.


The Renaissance Award
For Outstanding Design, Engineering or Performance

Team Challenge: Unlikely Attraction
Level: EL

Team Name: Oh No! The Feisty Fizzle Maniacs Returned
Team Number: 105-45535

Headline: This team was outstanding in their creative use of sound, transitional props, and costumes!  All of these perfectly forwarded the story of being authentic and unique.


DaVinci Award
For Outstanding Creativity

Team Challenge: Drop Zone
Level: EL

Team Name: DI-DIdea
Team Number: 105-67408

Headline:  Team brought a whole new idea to life about flying walruses, “walrus wopters” using clams and methane saving the world. Very innovative use of PVC, ideas to bring their story to life and thrust us to think about saving our earth.


The Renaissance Award
For Outstanding Design, Engineering or Performance

Team Challenge: Drop Zone
Level: EL

Team Name: Masterminds
Team Number: 105-80266

Headline: This team built a fully functional cardboard boat with working propellers and steam engine.  They showed outstanding engineering and design to fully immerse the audience in the overall experience of the presented solution.

Details:  Advanced circuitry to coordinate the working propeller, good ratios of design elements, advanced knowledge of basic chemistry to cause “Steam” from dry ice in a safe manner.  We feel the use of these materials was above the standard of other groups and showed increased dedications to the solution.


 

DaVinci Award
For Outstanding Creativity

Team Challenge: Drop Zone
Level: EL

Team Name: DI Dragons
Team Number: 105-58183

Headline:  This team produced an audacious auditory experience and brought their story to life. They created a raucous and rumbling marble tumbler that both wowed the appraisers and running for shelter!

Details:  This team’s event depictor was a marble tumbler that simulated the sounds of thunder. There were marbles of all sizes inside a cavernous cardboard box that was tumbled using a string and pulley. The simplicity of the design along with its deafening effectiveness showed great creativity form the team and will not easily forgotten by the appraisers.


The Renaissance Award
For Outstanding Design, Engineering or Performance

Team Challenge: Drop Zone
Level: EL

Team Name: Inves DI Gators
Team Number: 105-99669

Headline: Beautiful pandas that you would love to take home.  Great design and construction using paper-mache.  They looked professional.  Amazing workmanship.


 

The Renaissance Award
For Outstanding Design, Engineering or Performance

Team Challenge: Inside Impact
Level: ML

Team Name: Gigantic Teddy Bears
Team Number: 105-80502

Headline: This team’s presentation included hydraulic pops and stand-alone electronic circuitry that lit up their set and props. We were blown away by their ingenuity and technical skill.

Details:  Several of their props had stand-alone custom electronic circuitry that would light up when activated or combined with other set pieces.  They also had a sign that would pop up from their cache storage device using a hydraulic syringe system.  An example of their electric circuitry was a prop of hydrogen (H2) that when combined with oxygen (O) lit up with blue light. .


Project Outreach Torch Bearer Award

Team Challenge: Inside Impact
Level: SL

Team Name: The Mustache Warriors
Team Number: 105-64031

Headline: The Mustache Warriors chose to address child hunger in Haiti.  They set and ambitious goal to raise money for 40,000 meals and ended up providing 50,000 meals through a meal packing event with “Kids Against Hunger” organization.

Details:  They donated personal funds, funds collected through baby sitting and various part time jobs.


DaVinci Award
For Outstanding Creativity

Team Challenge: Change of Tune
Level: SL

Team Name: Clad in Iron
Team Number: 105-21448

Headline:  Outstanding creativity with multiple techniques of construction gave us full flying dragon wings and a cleverly engineered wishing well.

Details:  The team used welding, plastics and aluminum molding with simple pneumatics to erect a professional set of dragon wings in an instant.  The steampunk-ish design involved welding and firing bike chains into wood; hammered metal into heavy armored breast plates; and a battery-drill driven raising and lowering device for the “Fairy of Water and Fire” who could sit on a seat attached to pulleys for an impressive effect.  In essence, this team had three spectacular spectacles, each one crucial to the story.  Above and beyond on all accounts.


DaVinci Award
For Outstanding Creativity

Team Challenge: Change of Tune
Level: ML

Team Name: No Oops
Team Number: 105-02247

Headline: Exceptional incorporation of chemistry into their performance and creatively overcoming a setback with one of their props.

Details:  No Oops used chemistry creatively to enhance their performance.  When one of their props went missing they seamlessly improvised an alternate solution.  We are recognizing them for their creativity and ability to adopt a unique solution on the spot when there was a significant change in plan.


The Renaissance Award
For Outstanding Design, Engineering or Performance

Team Challenge: Unlikely Attraction
Level: ML

Team Name: Pollan-TICS

 

Headline: “American politics is solved in DI”.  The courageous and researched script and lyrics, spoken and sung by actors wearing interactive and larger than life costumes is ready for Broadway.  Their voices projected, their bodies danced with perfect timing as they captured the hearts of viewers expelling hope for solutions in America.


The Renaissance Award
For Outstanding Design, Engineering or Performance

Team Challenge: Unlikely Attraction
Level: ML

Team Name: DIDAR
Team Number: 105-95787

Headline: The team astonished us with their engineering skills in building the drill powered “merry-go-round”, the custom-built amplifier, and the home-made projector.

Details: The Holographic Virtual Reality Mezmographier built inside the lava tube was an amazing experience and the pepper-gram using the optical concept of reflective light to make a 3D image.


 

The Renaissance Award
For Outstanding Design, Engineering or Performance

Team Challenge: Maze Craze
Level: SL

Team Name: Capital Funishment
Team Number: 105-81018

Headline: The verdict is in!  From the self-driving ballot box traveler to the forged aluminum hand of justice to the wings of the mothman, EVERY back drop and prop was technically and aesthetically flawless.  This presentation was “Capital Fun”.

Details:  The maze traveler with self-contained proximity sensors, a highly symbolic ballot box had a team forged aluminum hand and scales of justice, which was highly creative and integral to the story line.  Levers, motors, wiring, mini processors, sensors and more technical components moved a giant hand, a mothman’s wings, the traveler, the TV screens; there were many meticulously crafted non-scoring props with great and loving attention to detail like the beehive, the window view, the book titles in the book case, the collective voice voice-over, the ice cream cones; each team member in full and detailed costume.  The story was executed flawlessly and clearly presented with wall-to-wall humor and highly dramatic surprises such as the huge hand that appeared out of the back drop and grabbed and tipped the Kool-Aid-man out of the maze. This team a-“maze”-d and entertained us thoroughly.  They held us captive and we will gladly suffer this kind of capital “funishment” again.


DaVinci Award
For Outstanding Creativity

Team Challenge: E
Level: EL

Team Name: Futuristic Four

Headline:  They were willing to rebuild the structure with limited time.  The structure was seriously overweight and they used a par a scissors for 30 minutes to try to shave the extra weight off.  When that failed, they used a Leatherman saw for another 30 minutes.  There was never disagreement of negative comment by any team member.  After nearly an hour they were able to get the structure into compliance and were able to proceed.