In December of 1987 the Art Institute of Pittsburgh's new Industrial Design program held a wooden push toy contest. The winning design would be chosen via a student voting system. The winner would then get to turn the rest of the class, around 25 - 30 students at that time, into a production assembly line using the wood shop in the basement of the school. I have to admit I was really stumped for a design. The very night before the contest I finally just started playing around with pieces of blue foam insulation and some soda straws and put together a mockup of almost exactly what you see here. Having spent weeks scrapping designs I didn't think my last ditch effort would do well. Mainly I just wanted to make something fun for my girlfriend.