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This series will highlight a Ninja each week who is making a difference in their community.
Kevin Carbone has competed on three seasons of American Ninja Warrior: 9, 10, and 11. His first year, he made it to the National Finals, failing on the Jumping Spider; the following year, he didn’t make it past City Finals; and in season 11, he made it all the way to Stage Three and failed on Cane Lane.
But what’s even more interesting about Kevin is that he designed an obstacle each of the three years he competed. Now, just because you win the obstacle challenge, doesn’t mean you get a call-back, as Kevin found out. He designed the challenging Wingnuts in season 9, but got on the show as a walk-on. In season 10, he designed Deja Vu, and season 11 it was the Slingshot.
Since winning the American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Design Challenge, Kevin has become a Professional Obstacle Course Designer and recently shared his knowledge with students at the Synapse School, an innovative, independent K-8 school in Menlo Park, California.
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Today, I was honored to share, design, and create with some of the brightest young minds in San Francisco. ⚠️ Warning long read ahead, probably boring, you should skip now! . . I saw the “Click”. . That moment a concept or idea has become truly understood. It’s a powerful thing to witness, especially when your words lay root to that understanding. . It makes me feel like I have a bigger purpose. Bigger than building any gym, hitting any buzzer or winning some award. . In short, I’m doing this multi-week obstacle design and engineering project with the Synapse School. They don’t believe in grading, or textbooks, but instead, hands on learning and real life problem solving skills. They must be doing something right because the students are brighter than the sun. Stanford University agrees, and has an in-house team studying the unbelievable effects of a system where young minds are free. . Cheers ♥️ . #ninja #ninjawarrior #ninjalife #making #americaninjawarrior #education #maker #engineering #quotes #creativity #creating #engineer #youngminds #obstacles #purpose #sharing #educator #school #project
What a cool project to be a part of and kudos to Kevin and the Synapse School for making learning exciting for these kids!