Forward thinking to the USA
Trip of a lifetime on the line
THERE is only two weeks to go for budding young inventors in South-West Queensland to enter Origin Energy’s LittleBIGidea for their chance to win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in the USA.
Now in its fourth year, Origin’s LittleBIGidea provides students with a chance to continue Australia’s rich tradition of innovation which has seen plastic bank notes, the bionic ear and wi-fi technology invented and developed on these shores.
Biomedical engineer and competition ambassador Dr Jordan Nguyen said inventing is an exciting and fun way for kids to explore their world.
“Origin’s LittleBIGidea is an incredible opportunity for children to develop their ideas, explore, experiment and, most importantly, have fun,” said Nguyen.
“I encourage students to look around them and ask whether they can make something in their daily routine easier or better.
Once you have an idea, experiment with it and don’t be afraid to make mistakes because that’s part of how we learn, and even the greatest inventors almost always fail before they succeed.”
The top 12 inventions will each win $1000, 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 (Year’s 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8) will win their inventor a trip to NASA in the USA.
Entries close Friday, September 15.
For more information visit littleBIGidea.com.au.