For a third consecutive year, K’NEX will continue its quest for future thrill ride innovators, expanding the Great Thrill Ride Build-Off competition this year to include three Cedar Fair parks.

The contest is open to all classrooms and student groups in grades 6 through 12 and will run through April 8. Students are challenged to build an original, functional amusement park ride solely from K’NEX parts and explain the scientific principles that affect its operation. The contest encourages students to apply what they’ve learned about potential and kinetic energy, speed, acceleration, gravity, and rotational motion to their creations.

One winning K’NEX model will be displayed at each of the three participating parks: Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio; Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.; and Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minn.

The displays will be featured among other educational activities during May, when all three parks are transformed into virtual classrooms for school groups, and throughout the 2013 season.

To enter, school groups must submit a 500- to 600-word description as well as a video and photos of the ride. Class or student groups can register by clicking here.

For more information regarding the Cedar Point K’NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off, visit the Cedar Point, Dorney Park, Valleyfair Amusement Park or K’NEX website. Updates are also available throughout the duration of the contest on Facebook.