yo yo 311.
(photo credit: Yossi Shrem)
A competition for operating the “world’s largest yo-yo” was won on Wednesday by
Eyal Moshe Cohen, a mechanical engineering student at the Technion-Israel
Institute of Technology.
Yishai Zimmerman, 78, and his 16-year-old
granddaughter Golan won second prize, while a student group called Kiss took
third place at the Techno- Rosh competition held during the school’s board of
Cohen released his yo-yo from a 30-meter-tall
The rules required that after it was dropped that it rise by at
least 20 meters to qualify.
Then it had to descend and rise again as many
times as possible.
The prizes were NIS 10,000, NIS 5,000 and NIS
Cohen served as an officer in the paratroopers and was accepted to
the Technion after doing preparatory courses. He built his yo-yo by engraving it
on a circular piece that functioned like a car’s flywheel.
was thus preserved so it could climb back many times.
“Every time I
lowered it I added weight until I discovered the ideal weight. I am glad that it
worked,” Cohen said.
His mother, Gilah, said that her son had taken apart
every electric device in the house from a young age. She was glad when he also
learned to assemble the parts.
Techno-Rosh was launched in 2003 when
Niv-Ya Dorban, an outstanding Technion student, was murdered by a thief on a
quiet Tel Aviv street that year. The prizes are financed by Dr. Robert Shillman,
who studied at the Technion.