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Minimalist design: Engineering team wins gold

How many sheets of 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper will it take to construct an apparatus to reach and move a ping pong ball from point A to point B?

Cassie Livingston, Jaelyn Shaver and Sierra Thomson know it the answer: Five sheets, two paper clips and a whole lot of tape.

The trio won the team engineering challenge at the SkillsUSA Middle School Conference, March 1, in Grand Island.

Each participant decided to participate in the engineering event for different reasons.

Livingston said she wanted to try "something different."

"This event seemed interesting to me," she said.

Shaver, a seventh-grade...


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