Three of Australia’s most inventive young students have been awarded with a trip to NASA in the USA and the title of “National Winner” in Origin’s littleBIGidea competition.
The following children have been judged to have the most inventive ideas in their respective age categories from over 1,000 entries received nationally:
- Grade 3 – 4: Amelia Fox, (8 y/o) Brunswick North Primary School (VIC) – Amelia’s “Portable Wheelchair Hoist” was inspired by watching her parents try and lift her brother out of his wheelchair after an operation. The fabric hoist located in the seat cushion of the wheelchair is designed to make it easier and safer to assist someone out of the chair. (View Amelia’s video submission here)
- Grade 5 – 6: Bella Winfield (11 y/o) from St. Anthony’s Parish Primary School, Wanniassa (ACT). Bella’s littleBIGidea is to utilise raw sugarcane pulp as a bioplastic to make toys. Her vision is for more sustainable and recyclable toys and to reduce the emissions created in producing polyethylene toys. (View Bella’s video submission here)
- Grade 7 – 8: Jasmine Eldridge (12 y/o) from Allora State School (QLD). Jasmine’s award winning ‘Dog of Technology’ (D.O.T) has been designed to assist children like herself who have autism. D.O.T is a robot dog which helps remind kids to take medication and has a button to notify family via email or text if they are needed in an emergency. (View Jasmine’s video submission here)
These award-winning ideas were adjudged the most original, creative and practical ideas by a judging panel consisting of Dr Jordan Nguyen – biomedical engineer, humanitarian, technology futurist, inventor and Origin littleBIGidea Ambassador, Alison Stoakley – Engineers Without Borders and Fiona MacDonald – ScienceAlert.com.
Prior to being announced as national winners, each of these students participated in an Engineers Without Borders design workshop along with other finalists in the competition.
“Our three national winners are outstanding examples of how young people can solve for some of the world’s biggest problems in creative and innovative ways,” says Dr Jordan Nguyen, Head Judge, Origin’s littleBIGidea.
“Between them, our three national winners have come up with clever, inventive ideas to help people with disabilities and address the issue of pollution and wastage. These winners and all our finalists are inspiring and show that the future of innovation in Australia is in good hands. I look forward to seeing the next exciting steps that each of these young inventors take from here.”
Origin’s littleBIGidea encourages children to think creatively about how to solve real world problems – and aims to foster problem solving skills, curiosity and adaptability.
Thousands of ideas have been submitted to Origin’s littleBIGidea since it first launched in 2013. Some previous winners have gone on to commercialise their ideas, while others have used the opportunities presented by the competition to further their study and career ambitions.
For more information, visit www.littlebigidea.com.au.
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