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Capstone Announces Scrap City Contest Winner


Kid Inventors Win $500 Prize Package

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Feb. 3, 2016 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, is pleased to announce the winner of its “Create the Scrappers” contest inspired by the publication of its new middle grade story of friendship and adventure, Scrap City. The contest invited children ages 7-12 to create their own “Scrapper” – a handmade unique mechanical friend – out of old parts, pieces, and household items. The Scrapper could be a character from the book, or any new character from their imagination.

The contest ran from October 15 to December 31, 2015, and encouraged kids to create a video showing their Scrapper and describe their creation process and then share it on YouTube. Contestants showcased their imagination and resourcefulness with entries ranging from Mega Music, a Scrapper made from old recording devices who was designed to play music to entertain other Scrappers, to Biscotti, a Scrapper made of pieces from a felted wool sweater who resembled a dog.   

In the end, a team of 5th graders from Lincoln Park Middle School in Lincoln Park, N.J., was chosen as the first place winners. Leah Martinez, Emily O’Day, Rebecca Marino and Nadia Ris created a Scrapper called MOONS (Mechanical Operation of Natural Science) made of recyclable materials who “helps charities and kids everywhere.”

“She is very helpful for everything. She helps scientists with their research and she also helps stop the earth from pollution,” explained team member Leah in the video. 

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the growing number of schools opening makerspace areas and fab labs for children to explore, discover and create. We hoped our contest might inspire kids to build some cool things and we weren’t disappointed! We were floored to see all of the amazing creations from kid inventors and makers,” said Miles Stevens-Hoare, Capstone Managing Director, Global Trade and International Education. “We’re so proud of all of our young finalists, but want to offer special congratulations to the 5th grade MOONS team whose design had a lot of heart and big plans to make the world a better place.” 

The MOONS team receives a $250 Michaels’ gift card, $250 worth of Capstone books, and will be featured on Capstone’s website and promoted on its social media channels. 

All of the finalists will receive personally dedicated copies of Scrap City:

    · 6th graders at Shallow Brook Intermediate School in Manchester, Pennsylvania

    · Ian Crofton, a tween from Colorado

    · Merina Diaz, a 9-year-old from Michigan

    · Molly Doherty, an 11-year-old from Pennsylvania

“I'd like to thank everyone who entered the Create the Scrappers contest! I was so impressed with the entries and how imaginative the contestants were. They really got that Scrappers are made of things we discard every day. I could picture all these Scrappers living in Smithytowne,” said Scrap City author D.S. Thornton.

The “Create the Scrappers” contest was inspired by the world ofScrap City, the wonderful middle grade novel by D.S. Thornton. Scrap City is the tale of an underground world populated by “people” made from scraps, and a team of friends’ brave efforts to save them and their world from the crush of civilization.


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