Friday, April 25, 2008

Pioneer Times Innovation Awards Grand Prize Winner!

Log Cabin Village and the Log Cabin Heritage Foundation would like to congratulate grand prize winner Angel Escobar!

Every 4th grade class who visits Log Cabin Village is eligible to enter the Pioneer Times Innovation Awards contest. Entrants are instructed to select from one of the following prompts:

· Students may design their own dream log cabin. This cabin can be as creative and contain as many amenities (historical, not modern—No GameCubes or Satellite dishes!) as the student desires. As the students imagine their dream cabin, have them consider what might make their lives easier or be useful in their small home based on their experience at Log Cabin Village.

· Based on what they learned about frontier living during their visit to Log Cabin Village, students may create an invention that would have made life easier in the 19th century. This invention does not need to be completely grounded in reality; the more fanciful the better (i.e. an automatic chalk-picker-upper for the school)! While it is okay for students’ inventions to be something that actually exists, the design MAY NOT exactly duplicate modern devices (i.e. drawing a Maytag washing machine). The design needs to be original!

Angel's innovative "heated floor" design won him $1100 in savings bonds and the respect of all his peers. His entry beat out over 400 other extremely qualified candidates! Great job, Angel!

Ms. Linda Taylor, Angel's homeroom teacher at Chisholm Ridge Elementary, Angel, and Log Cabin Village Director, Kelli Pickard

Angel's prize-winning entry:

"My invention would be a heated floor. You could fill holes that were underground with hot coal or wood. You put the coal under a space in the floor. The floor would be made of slate. Slate is a rock that holds heat. The coal or wood could warm the log cabin floors in the winter. Then in the summer you could put cool water from the river in the hole to cool the slate floors down. That is my 1800s invention. I hope that if the 1800s pioneers were here that they would use it."

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