BIG LIT­TLE IDEA

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - FRONT PAGE - Re­nee McKe­own

SHORN­CLIFFE 11-year-old Sam Brady has come up with a new so­lu­tion to a very old prob­lem with school desks as part of Ori­gin’s lit­tle BIG idea com­pe­ti­tion.

The St Pa­trick’s Col­lege Year 6 stu­dent en­tered his in­ven­tion into the com­pe­ti­tion to be in the run­ning to win the trip of a life­time to visit the NASA Kennedy Space Cen­tre in Florida, USA.

Sam’s idea is an im­proved school desk de­sign which pre­vents books from fall­ing off the top when it is opened.

The desk stays flat when open­ing through the ad­di­tion of two par­al­lel bars on each side of the desk lid.

“My friend was talk­ing about the desks and how they ei­ther pull out, and the tray comes out, or the desk lifts up and the books fall off,” Sam said.

“So I thought, what if it stayed flat and the books didn’t fall off.

“We were re­ally ex­cited about it (the com­pe­ti­tion), so we wanted to put some­thing in and see if we could win.

“Some of them (the ideas) were pretty crazy.

“I came up with the idea in our first class of lit­tle big ideas.

“We all had to think of a prob­lem and a so­lu­tion.”

Year 6 hu­man­i­ties teacher Travis Dewan said he had some clever minds in his class.

“I think Sam’s de­sign is a great idea,” he said.

“I am con­tin­u­ally pick­ing things up off the ground for these boys, or they don’t know where it (their pen) has gone.”

The top 12 in­ven­tions in the com­pe­ti­tion will win $1000 for their cre­ator, par­tic­i­pa­tion in a de­sign work­shop, and sup­port from an in­dus­try men­tor to help fur­ther their idea.

The best in­ven­tion in each of the three cat­e­gories (Years 3-4, Years 5-6, Years 7-8) will win their in­ven­tor a trip to NASA in the USA.

Sam said he hoped to win and work with NASA in the fu­ture in some way.

“I re­ally like astro­nauts and I re­ally want to be an as­tro­naut or some­thing to do with space,” he said.

PHOTO: RE­NEE MCKE­OWN

St Pa­trick’s Col­lege stu­dent Sam Brady has come up with a sim­ple so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of books fall­ing off a school desk when you open it.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Sam Brady has come up with a de­sign for a school desk which stays flat when open­ing through the ad­di­tion of two par­al­lel bars on each side of the desk lid.

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