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Mai Huynh '15 Wins Kinetic Sculpture Race
Mai Huynh Visual Arts Alumna '15 Designed Kinetic Vehicle for INDS Class
Sunday, June 14th, 2015 //
American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore | MD

This year, UMBC's Interdisciplinary Studies INDS 430 class entered a vehicle in the 17th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, which is held by the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The team, including graphic design alumna Mai Huynh, won the Grand East Coast National Mediocre Champion award for best overall vehicle and team. The team with the highest average score in art, engineering, and speed is the Grand Champion; the team gets a trophy, and also the honor of being invited to compete in the Kinetic Grand Championship race, held in Arcata, California.

Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore's Harbor in central Maryland. The eight-hour race covers 14 miles - mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.

Winning statement from Mai Huynh, graphic design major, who designed and helped build the Kraken Upcycle kinetic vehicle;

We are the Kinetic Sculpture Race Team, UMBC 2014 - 2015. The Kraken Upcycle is a collaborative effort by students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies project - based learning course, INDS 430 Kinetic Sculpture Project. Students designed and created a powerful visual symbol made from over 2500 plastic bottles, 680 plastic bags, 50 feet of construction fencing and 25 feet of chicken wire to create the Plastic Kraken or New Monster of the Seas.

Congratulations to the entire INDS Kraken Upcycle team!