Did you know that some of the world’s greatest inventors developed their ideas here in Australia? From the black box flight recorder and bionic ear to Wi-Fi hotspots and the humble notepad, all these world-changing inventions all started with just one littleBIGidea!
Kids come up with amazing ideas too! Over the years, they’ve invented brilliant things like the trampoline, icy poles and earmuffs. Even the braille system was the brainchild of a child.
Now it’s YOUR turn! If you’re in grades 3 to 8 and have a brilliant idea bouncing around in that brain of yours, we want to hear all about it!
Three winners and a parent will fly to the USA for an all expenses paid innovation adventure, visiting NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Epcot Theme Park at Disneyworld and Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Nine runners up will each receive $1,000.
The schools of the students with the top 12 ideas receive a fantastic classroom science kit, up to the value of $500, to keep the ideas flowing.
1. Come up with a great idea
There are no limits on how big your idea is. It could be a new invention, an improvement to something that already exists or a clever idea that helps make the world around us a better place.Get some inspiration
2. Describe your idea in words plus a video or image
Describe your littleBIGidea in 200 words or less. To help explain or illustrate your idea, you can also create and submit a video, image or diagram.Read important stuff about entering
3. Enter using the form
Type or paste your text into the form below, upload your video or image if you have one. Then enter your details and hit submit. Good luck!
- If you're making a video, it must not exceed one minute in length. Videos longer than a minute will mean your entry is automatically disqualified. Sorry!
- If you're uploading an image or diagram, you shouldn't use it as a way of getting around the 200 word limit. Having lots of text on an image may count against you. Some text is acceptable. Use your judgement.
- You cannot enter more than once – so make sure you’re happy with your entry before you hit ‘submit’. If you submit two entries, we can only accept your first entry.
- Major Prize winners must be available to travel to the USA within 12 months of the winners being announced.
- Every idea is welcome. No idea is too little or too big. The important thing is how it can help people or make their lives easier.
- Winning entries will be chosen based on an exceptional demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation. You should aim to come up with something that will blow our judges' minds.
- We’re looking for original ideas, but we understand this isn’t always as simple as it sounds. If you find your idea already exists in some shape or form, try thinking about a fresh new take on it – could your idea be a new and improved version, for example?
- If you had unlimited money and lots of help, it should theoretically be possible to make your invention or bring your idea to life.
We encourage you to enter online, but you can also enter by email or post. Just download the entry form and print it out. Send your entry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to 'little BIG idea Competition', Level 6, 321 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
From the highest-scoring ideas, the judges will select four finalists from each of the three categories (grade 3-4, grade 5-6 and year 7-8) to join us in Sydney to compete for the top prize.
But right now, get your thinking cap on, grab a pen and paper and find a quiet place to do some serious idea-coming-up-with. Have fun and good luck!
James is an innovation expert, hosting the ABCs 'The New Inventors' for 8 years, and thinks the book, phone & computer are our greatest inventions.
Dr Rob Bell
Known as the 'mad scientist' from Network TEN's science show SCOPE, Dr Rob loves astronomy, chemistry and uncovering the ways and whys of our ever amazing world.
Oscar Robert Mason (Years 7 & 8) was recognized for thinking up the ‘Baby Buddy’ a baby seat designed to alert people to the presence of a child trapped in a hot car by utilising the car horn and a bright light.
Greta Cummins (Grades 3 & 4) won for her fantastic vehicle safety product – a small device that contacts emergency services once your car’s air bag has been deployed and alerts them to your exact position using GPS technology.
William Grame (Grades 5 & 6) was awarded for his design of a small, lightweight test strip disposal unit that can fit into a diabetic’s testing kit.
Origin's littleBIGidea competition is a great classroom activity that helps kids have fun and learn about creative problem solving with a practical focus.Information for teachers
Full terms and conditions
Conditions apply – see Terms and conditions. Starts 9am AEST 25/07/16. Online entries close 11:59pm AEST 29/09/16. Mail entries must be sent by 29/09/16 & received by last mail 7/10/16. Open to Aust. residents who are students in Grades 3 – 8 in a primary or secondary school (or are home schooled in these year levels) in Aust. Must have consent from parent/guardian and teacher to enter. Limit 1 entry per person. Group entries not accepted. Entries will be divided into categories: Grades 3 & 4; Grades 5 & 6; and Grades 7 & 8. Winners will be announced Monday 17/10/16. If elected as a major prize trip winner, must travel to USA within 12 months of ceremony. See Conditions for full entry requirements and how finalists and winners are selected.