updated 05:25 pm EDT, Fri September 16, 2005
Apple is one of the lead sponsors of a contest inviting children to try their hands at designing the next great automobile. The Cosmic Blobs co-sponsored by Apple and ATI began yesterday, September 15th, and runs through October 15th. Contestants start with a digital model of a basic chassis which they push, pull, stretch, bend, and color blob-like shapes to design their dream car. Finalists are judged by actual Group Lotus engineers and designers, creators of the Lotus Elise. Boys and girls from 7 to 18 years old are invited to try their hand at building the next great car, and winning designs will be revealed the week of October 24th. Prize packs include Apple iPods, graphics cards from ATI, Lotus branded merchandise (including model cars), and Cosmic Blobs software.