Eva aims for lift-off with chic in­ven­tion

Melville Times - - Let's Eat -

AN Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School stu­dent could be head­ing to NASA’s Kennedy Space Cen­ter, thanks to an in­ven­tion help­ing women cy­cle safely.

Eva Mustapic de­signed a de­vice worn to cap­ture skirt fabric be­tween two mag­nets.

The ‘Chic Mag­net’ pre­vent skirts mov­ing while cy­cling, en­sur­ing both hands are kept on the han­dle bars.

The 13-year-old said the idea was con­ceived by her own experiences rid­ing to school in a school uni­form.

“I was rid­ing my bike to school one morn­ing and was strug­gling to keep my skirt in place while rid­ing,” she said.

“I was tend­ing to hold my skirt in one hand and have only one hand on the han­dle­bar.

“This is where the Chic Mag­net comes in as it holds your skirt in place, mean­ing you can keep both hands on the han­dle­bars and ride more safely.”

She hoped it would en­cour­age more women to take up cy­cling. Eva was re­cently named one of the lead­ing young in­ven­tors in Aus­tralia af­ter en­ter­ing Ori­gin’s an­nual lit­tleBIGidea com­pe­ti­tion.

She was cho­sen from more than 1000 en­trants to par­tic­i­pate in an En­gi­neers With­out Bor­ders de­sign work­shop in late Oc­to­ber to help fur­ther de­velop her idea.

Eva will now make a fi­nal pitch for the chance to be named the na­tional win­ner in her age cat­e­gory and score a trip to the Kennedy Space Cen­ter in the US.

“I’m very ex­cited but I also re­alise I’m up against very strong com­pe­ti­tion as there are some re­ally great ideas from the other fi­nal­ists,” she said.

“It re­ally is a case of do­ing my best and hoping that my in­ven­tion is se­lected for its sim­plic­ity and po­ten­tial im­pact on cy­cling par­tic­i­pa­tion rates.”

Eva Mustapic is hoping that her Chic Mag­net in­ven­tion will win her a trip to the US.

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