For­ward think­ing to the USA

Trip of a life­time on the line

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

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