Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Award for Innovation in Mas
Goes to ‘The Hyper-Physical Being’
Toronto, ON (August 2, 3013) – With its ambiguous coils unraveling outwards and colourful wings reaching upwards, “The Hyper-Physical Being” is the winner of the Ontario Science Centre’s Award for Innovation in Mas presented last night at the King and Queen Competition at Lamport stadium. The spectacular creation was designed and built by Danzo Balroop and the team at Louis Saldenah’s Mas-K club.
The judging panel was made up of Walter Stoddard and Bernie Hillar of the Ontario Science Centre’s Science Content and Design Branch, and Dr. Marsha Haynes, Medical Liaison for Merck Canada, who participated in many carnivals in her native Trinidad.
“Tremendous research, problem-solving, experimentation and collaboration were clearly displayed at every camp we visited in the days leading up to the competition,” said Walter Stoddard. “’The Hyper–Physical Being’ incorporates structurally-challenging elements using twisted and coiled masts and rods, adding an element of complexity that made it stand apart.”
The annual Award goes to the Mas designer who best demonstrates the application of problem-solving, risk-taking and inspiration. The costume must show innovation in the use of materials, mechanics and engineering that permit movement, flexibility and durability. The award was created in 2010 to put a spotlight on the science of Mas, drawing attention to the processes involved in costume-making and recognizing the scientific merit of the engineers of these creative masterpieces.
About the Ontario Science Centre
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