Crazy inventor at 11!
Mikalah’s imagination knows no bounds!
I crossed my fingers as I steered down the ramp
Mikalah Strickling, 11, Central Coast, NSW
Wanting to see what all the banging was about, I peered through the staircase and watched my dad, Jacob, tinkering in his workshop.
As a science teacher he was always turning junk into cool toys. And I loved being first to test his inventions.
There was a customised go-kart to take out the bins and a DIY scooter leaf blower!
‘Wow, Dad can I play with that?’ I asked.
‘If you lend me a hand you can,’ he said.
Jumping at the chance, I helped twist and turn, glue and screw until it was complete.
Awesome! I thought admiring our latest creation.
Heading to the junk yard on the weekend, I couldn’t wait to see what was there.
‘What are you looking for today?’ Dad would ask.
‘Anything and everything,’ I giggled.
The truth was, I didn’t know what I was after.
The yard always inspired me to invent things I hadn’t even thought of.
‘Perfect!’ I yelled, spotting a kids’ ride-on car.
Finding some metal poles I shared my plan with Dad.
‘I want to build an amphibious car,’ I told him.
A car that could drive on land – and in the water!
Every afternoon, I rushed home from school to work on it. Dad helped when I needed the circular saw to cut through metal. But I did everything else, gluing and drilling materials in place and waterproofing the battery pack.
Now I just have to wait,
I thought, adding the last piece of flotation foam.
With a touch of my favourite shade of pink paint, a week later, it was ready!
‘Woohoo!’ I squealed hearing the engine roar.
Zooming down the street in my new wheels I raced towards the water.
Then I crossed my fingers as I steered down the ramp onto the lake.
‘It’s working!’ I heard Dad yell from the shore.
Floating around in my own amphibious car, my cheeks were sore from smiling.
But my inventions haven’t stopped there.
‘Stop sucking your thumb,’ I heard Dad whinge to my little brother Samuel one day.
‘I know just the thing for that!’ I said heading down to the workshop.
Detaching an arm from an old doll, I stuck it to a mechanical device on a bike helmet.
Popping the hard hat on Samuel I stood back with the remote.
As soon as my brother stuck his thumb in his mouth I pressed a button.
The hand came swinging down from the helmet gently slapping Samuel’s hand away from his mouth.
‘Well done, Mikky!’ Dad laughed.
Some people test their inventions out on robots, but I have my family!
From solar-powered kayaks to an alarm that stops people rocking on their chair, I am always thinking of what I will make next.
I’m even appearing on Channel 7’s new show Little Big Shots to show off my crazy inventions.
I don’t think I will ever stop because where’s the fun in that!
Channel 7’s Little Big Shots airs this Sunday at 7pm.
Shane Jacobson and me on Little Big Shots Dad’s invention for taking out the bin
Dad and me in the workshop My family and me