Congratulations to our 12 finalists. Here are their great ideas.
Finalists: Years 3 & 4
Remote Control Traffic Light Receiver
Xinjie Ma, aged 9
Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon, NSW
A receiver installed in every traffic light to allow users with a remote to request the lights to change as they approach. Offering a safer option for those with prams or in a wheelchair.
Thumbs Up Driver
Elika Ladwa, aged 9
Middle Harbour Public School, Mosman, NSW
A thumbs up sign installed in the back windscreen allows drivers to signal thanks when a button (located next to the steering wheel) is pressed. To encourage safer and happier drivers.
Portable Wheelchair Hoist
Amelia Fox, aged 8
Brunswick North Primary School, VIC
A fabric hoist located in the seat cushion of a wheelchair to help carers lift someone in and out of the chair. The hoist is attached to hooks so it can be operated without worry about potential injuries to either person.
Outdoor Motivator Guru (OMG)
Rishi Sahasrabuddhe, aged 9
Riverbank Public School, The Ponds, NSW
A device worn on the wrist featuring an avatar activated by solar power. The avatar can be used as an exercise, sports or learning buddy – motivating children and adults to go outside and exercise.
Finalists: Years 5 & 6
Eat It Tape
Tarrant Wynne, aged 11
Bicheno Primary School, TAS
Edible sticky tape that holds food – like wraps – together. It allows for quicker food preparation with no need for toothpicks.
Madeleine Trumble, aged 10
Carey Grammar School, Kew, VIC
A hologram that appears at zebra crossings when a sensor pad is stepped on, alerting drivers that someone is wanting to cross the road.
Sugarcane Plastic Toys
Bella Winfield, aged 11
St Anthony’s Parish Primary, Wanniassa, ACT
Toys made from sugarcane plastic. A cleaner and more environmentally friendly solution, as sugarcane absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows and is recyclable.
Jessica Engelbrecht, aged 12
Kooringal Public School, NSW
An inbuilt display in a school desk to mirror the SMART board the teachers use. This allows vision impaired students to see more easily what the teacher is presenting.
Finalists: Years 7 & 8
Dog of Technology (D.O.T.)
Jasmine Eldridge, aged 12
Allora State School, QLD
A robot aid to help children with autism by providing medication reminders/alerts, calming and breathing strategies, parent notifications when the child is away from home, and a removable GPS tracker. It also features a play and interaction mode.
Elora Brady, aged 13
Mount Saint Michael’s College, Ashgrove, QLD
An app created by students for students to help maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. It creates schedules to balance school work, physical activity, relaxation and social time.
Preventing Pool Drownings
Grace Selim, aged 13
MLC, Burwood, NSW
An underwater security camera and motion sensor that sends alerts via Bluetooth when sudden movement in the pool is identified. To help prevent drownings.
Eva Mustapic, aged 13
Applecross Senior High School, Ardross, WA
A device worn to capture skirt fabric between two magnets to stop skirts moving while riding a bike. Both hands can be kept on the handle bars – increasing safety.