27 July 2020
Origin’s big search for little inventors now open
Budding young inventors across the country are being invited to submit their ideas to Origin’s Little Big Idea, the competition giving innovative Aussie kids in grades three to eight the chance to win a $10,000 education and innovation grant.
Returning judges, Dr Jordan Nguyen and Macinley Butson will join Origin’s head of Future Energy, Anthony Lucas to uncover the competition’s top ideas and provide mentoring for the finalists.
Recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, Dr Nguyen said, “Origin’s Little Big Idea encourages young Australians to think creatively to solve real-world issues, with a focus on assisting the community, improving people’s health and wellbeing, and creating a more sustainable future. I’m excited to see new ideas from our changemakers of tomorrow.”
Macinley Butson, 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year said, “I started inventing in primary school, so I know firsthand how curious and creative young minds can be. I’m excited to be part of Origin’s Little Big Idea competition, which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths learning, and champions creative thinking in young people.”
Since launching in 2014, Origin’s Little Big Idea competition has received more than 8,000 entries, recognised more than 70 finalists and awarded 18 national winners, providing more than $230,000 in prizes. 2019 winners include Jorja Suga who invented the Safety Smart Goggles to protect young swimmers from drowning, and Colt Croser who created Rein Angel to help prevent horse riding injuries.
Origin CEO Frank Calabria said, “We love hosting Origin’s Little Big Idea competition every year and we are incredibly proud of the role it plays in encouraging young Australians to get creative and come up with bright ideas to help solve real-world problems.”
The top 12 finalists will each receive $1,000 and one-on-one mentoring designed by Engineers Without Borders Australia. Three national winners will each receive $10,000 towards their education or further developing their idea.
New this year is a dedicated competition hub for students, parents and teachers providing inspiration and tips on developing a winning submission. To enter the competition and for further information, visit www.littlebigidea.com.au. Students need to describe their idea in 200 words or less and they can include an illustration or short video to support their submission. The competition is open until Friday 18 September 2020.
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