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SGWS student wins National Rubber Band Contest

6/6/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photos courtesy of Spring Garden Waldorf School
COPLEY — Zack Tarle, a seventh grader at Spring Garden Waldorf School (SGWS), won The University of Akron (UA) annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.

Tarle, pictured at right, received $2,500 for first place in the Arts and Leisure Division for his board game Spyder, a marble game for all ages. It is shown above.

“The game combines rubber bands, marbles and a playing board in the shape of a square,” he explained. “Outlining the board is a wall of rubber bands. It has four holes in the corners and one in the center. Around each hole are two moats and around the game board are tons of small holes arranged geometrically where you can stick pegs.”

This was the fifth year of the annual contest, which The Akron Global Polymer Academy states “is designed to encourage students in grades five through eight to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.”

Tarle was the only local winner this year, according to SGWS officials. Emma Studer, from Bloomville, received first prize in the Science and Engineering division. The runner-up in each division received $500.

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