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Truman Elementary students win parade float design competition

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Students from Truman Elementary School in Norman created an interactive parade float prototype in the Design+Do competition at the Tom Love Innovation Hub. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Students from Truman Elementary School in Norman created an interactive parade float prototype in the Design+Do competition at the Tom Love Innovation Hub. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

NORMAN — A Truman Elementary School team won the Design+Do competition at the University of Oklahoma Tom Love Innovation Hub.

The students won the competition with their Sooner Slide concept, a parade float design that would allow people in a crowd to use mini footballs to send someone down a slide.

Design+Do, sponsored by Devon Energy, allowed students at eight Norman Public Schools to use their ingenuity and the latest tools to create never-before-seen projects.

For five weeks, the fifth-graders put their ideas for parade floats on paper. Then, they visited the Tom Love Innovation Hub, where mentors from Engage Learning Oklahoma helped them use laser cutters, woodworking machines and other high-tech tools to bring their ideas to life.

The finished designs were reviewed by a panel of judges that included Chris Hammons, who was a captain on OU’s 2000 national championship football team and a finalist of season 33 of “Survivor.”

The competition emphasized teamwork and ingenuity. It was made possible by a partnership between Devon, the Tom Love Innovation Hub, Sooner Sports Properties, Engage Learning and Norman Public Schools.

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