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pheneix
03-07-2003, 07:16 PM
Whether you like Universal or not, this is one hell of an opportunity they're offering.

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Universal Orlando And Nickelodeon To Open New Jimmy Neutron
Attraction With Nationwide Search For Kid Inventors

Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast 'Generation Genius' Inventor Search Begins

Winners Get National TV Appearance and Trip to Universal Orlando For Attraction's Grand Opening

ORLANDO, Fla., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- We all know real Jimmy
Neutrons. They are kids who can take apart the family toaster and put it back together - - better than it was. They are kids who spend hours in the basement or garage tinkering with gadgets and creating imaginative tools and products.

And now, their time has come.

To celebrate the opening of its new Jimmy Neutron Nicktoon Blast
attraction, Universal Orlando is searching the nation for kid
inventors -- kids who can invent something that will make a difference. Winners will be flown to Universal Orlando to take part
in the grand opening of the new attraction and to demonstrate their inventions. They will also serve as "honorary kid consultants" at Universal Creative, the place where grown-up Jimmy Neutrons create and build Universal's theme park attractions across the world.

Universal Orlando is conducting the search along with Partnership for America's Future, a non-profit organization developed and run by teachers and business people that sponsors many national programs designed to help celebrate the creativity and workmanship of the nation's student inventors

"Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron is a brilliant kid inventor from film
and TV," said Bob Gault, president and chief operating officer for
Universal Orlando. "We want to honor the ingenuity and genius of real kids from across the country as part of our new attraction opening."

Universal Orlando's "Generation Genius" search invites children 7 to 12 years old to submit ideas for inventions that will "help people or make everyday life easier." Finalists will be flown to New York City for a national television appearance. Winners will also get to participate in the April grand opening of the Jimmy Neutron Nicktoon Blast attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Inventions from the search will be featured as part of the opening ceremony and will be displayed as part of the attraction opening.

Kid inventors will also serve as "honorary consultants" with
Universal Creative and learn how theme park attractions are designed and built -- while talking with attraction designers about what kids want from theme park attractions.

"We'll have a lot to learn from each other," said Scott Trowbridge,
vice president of Universal Creative and part of the team that is
creating the new Jimmy Neutron attraction. "These kids are the
perfect age for Universal Orlando. It will be fun to take them behind the scenes."

Jimmy Neutron's NickToon Blast rockets into action this April and brings Nickelodeon's famous boy genius to life -- along with the largest collection of Nickelodeon characters ever assembled for a theme park attraction. Jimmy Neutron is the first CGI (computer-generated animation) character developed by Nickelodeon for television, film, Internet -- and, now, theme park use. Using
sophisticated computer graphics, state-of-the-art ride technology and programmable motion-based seats, the attraction will roar, spin, crash and careen guess into an action-packed trip through the universe.

For more information about the contest and rules, visit the
Partnership for America's Future website at www.pafinc.com.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030306/flth026_1.html

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When I was that age I would have cut off my left arm to have an opportunity like what Universal is offering the winners here. In light of this it is absolutely unbelievable that Disney is slowly dissolving Imagineering.

hopemax
03-07-2003, 08:05 PM
That's a great promotion!

Entertainment and education don't have to be mutually exclusive, and there are a lot of kids out there that *gasp* actually like to mix the two of them together. Sometimes they get swept under the carpet by the wanna-be Britney Spears or Justin Timberlakes but they are out there. *This* used to be what you could expect from Disney.

Go Universal!

WDSearcher
03-10-2003, 07:35 AM
Actually ... Disney did the "Kid Inventor" thing several years ago at Innoventions. The kids were all part of a big "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" promotion and their inventions were presented during various special press events.

But, obviously, the Jimmy Neutron ride is also a perfect pairing for this idea, and you can never have too many kids events that stress the benefits of math and science and present them in an entertaining way!

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